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China continues dominance in 2012 Diving World Series

2012-04-22 08:16:10 GMT2012-04-22 16:16:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TIJUANA, Mexico, April 21 (Xinhua) -- China's diving team showed its strength after winning five gold medals at the 2012 FINA Diving World Series Tijuana stop which concluded on Saturday and is already fully prepared for the 2012 London Olympics.

After winning the women's synchronised 3m springboard on Friday, He Zi gave China another gold medal in 3m springboard with 386.55points, while the second place went to Italian Tania Cagnotto, who finished with 354.65 points. American Christina Loukas ended 342.75 to take the bronze medal and his second in the series at the venue.

Meanwhile, Chinese Qin Kai/Luo Yutong won the men's 3m springboard synchronized title, which is also the second gold for Qin at Tijuana stop.

Despite minor mistakes in their fourth dive, the Chinese duo led throughout the final to win the gold on 454.29 points, 17.55 points more than runners-up Cristopher Mears/Nicholas Robinson-Baker of Britain. The bronze went to Ukraine's Illya Kvasha/Pleskiy Prygorov, who collected 432.81 points.

In the women's synchro 10m platform, China's Chen Ruolin/Wang Hao led all the way with their commanding performances to pluck gold medal without any suspension.

Mexico's Paola Espinosa/Alejandra Orozco finished with the silver medal in the women's synchronized platform at 338.37 points. The third place went to British Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch, whose final score was 317.94 points.

"I am happy for this result, we competed and worked very well, and I feel that we are improving, getting safer," said Orozco, who received the silver medal at the last stage of the serial.

In the opening day of the Tijuana stop on Friday, Chinese divers won two golds out of four.

The 2012 FINA World Cup runner-up Qin Kai claimed the men's 3m springboard on 530.30 points game-high with 100.70 points of the fifth dive, which also gave him the first 3m springboard gold in 2012.

China's Wu Minxia/He Zi won the women's synchronised 3m springboard at 339.90 points.

From the first jump, Wu/He led all the way with their convincing performances and expanded the advantage gradually, sweeping all four titles in the women's synchronised 3m springboard during this year's World Series.

The Tijuana stop, which attracted 55 divers from 12 countries and regions, is the fourth and last leg of the series.

The FINA Diving World Series is a high-profile competition which offers an annual meeting opportunity for the world' s brightest diving stars.

Launched in 2007 with three host organisers (Britain, China and Mexico), other countries have since joined the club (Qatar, Russia and the United Arab Emirates), definitely adding an international dimension to the event.

The diving program for men and women includes 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro.

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