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China showcases dominance in Universiade diving
2005-08-18 00:38:48 XinhuaEnglish

IZMIR, Turkey, August 17(Xinhuanet)-- The real question that every viewer carries for the 23rd Universiade diving competition is not"Will China win another gold today?" but"Is it possible that China can not score another gold?"

Li Ting/Mo Hanna claimed the women's 10m

platform synchronized in the 23rd Universiade diving competition held in

Izmir August 18, 2005.(Xinhua photo)Li Ting/Mo Hanna, and Wang Feng claimed the women's 10m platform synchronized and the men's one-meter springboard here Wednesday.

Li and Wang, both collected two gold medals, helped China clinch all the six titles of the 10 diving events so far.

Mo Hanna with her new partner Li Ting, who just won the women's 10m platform Wednesday, led after each round of the five-dive final and finished the show with a splendid three and a half somersault in tuck position, denied any chance for their competitors to take over their position.

The duo took home the gold with a total of 344.34 points. DPR Korean divers Hong In Sun/Choe Kum Hui won the silver with 319.26 points and Mexican Espinoza Paola/Luna Jashia clinched the bronze with 312.78 points.

Unlike the women's 10m platform synchronized, the competition for the men's one-meter springboard was much more fierce. Since the semifinal results were excluded from the final, the six finalists were given a chance to compete from an equal starting.

(Xinhua photo)

Chinese diver Wang Kenan, who made his debut for the one-meter springboard, made two small mistakes in his first and second diveswhen other five finalists showed off their graceful dives.

"I was a little nervous on the springboard, and it is my first time after all to try the one-meter springboard", Wang Kenan said in a post-match interview with Xinhua, revealing that he started the training on the one-meter springboard just after he arrived inTurkey.

However, Wang Kenan did not falter in his last four dives as he retrieved his confidence and stability to scored a total 263.16 points to climb from the last to the second position when US diverColwell Christopher had one major gaffe in his fifth dive. His feet smacked the water, dropping him from second to the fifth.

Another Chinese diver Wang Feng, the just-crowned king for the men's three-meter springboard, continued his stability of performance and good form in the final dives, never missing any ofhis dives, and clinched his second triumph with a total score of 467.88 points.

Wang Kenan scored 406.86 points for the silver and Brazilian diver Castro Cesar won the bronze with 403.89 points. Enditem

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