On Saturday, the defending FINA World Champions from China won all three events in Berlin. The women’s 10m event was highlighted by a breathtaking battle between teenage talents Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan, which resulted in a perfect score of 10 out of 10.
There is nothing more exciting in diving than when China competes against China in the individual events, and Saturday’s session in Berlin ended with CHEN Yuxi, a 17-year-old two-time FINA World Champion, scoring five perfect 10’s to beat the 15-year-old Olympic champion QUAN Hongchan, who produced five 10’s of her own for silver. CHEN Yuxi is a two-time FINA World Champion. QUAN Hongchan is the Olympic champion.
At the completion of the sixth and final day of competition at the FINA Diving World Cup in Berlin, China finished with a perfect 6-0 record of victories; the United States picked up three more medals (for a total of four); while Australia and Germany each scored one medal in the synchro events.
Final for Women’s 3M Synchro
The 2022 world champions CHANG Yani, 20, and CHEN Yiwen, 23, scored 330.03 for their five dives to help China extend its winning run first in the women’s 3m synchro event on Saturday. The crucial factor was that China never achieved less than 72.00 points in the final three rounds, where synchro competitors can choose the difficulty of their dives, while the rest of the field failed to surpass 63.90.
Afterward, Chang claimed that despite their success and constant pursuit of perfection, the duo still experiences “a little amount, but it’s absolutely under control,” uneasy butterflies.
The battle for second place between Germany and the US was settled in the second round when Saskia OETTINGHAUS and Jana Lisa ROTHER of Germany defeated Kristen HAYDEN and Brooke SCHULTZ of the United States to win silver for the host nation, 57.09 points behind China. The US came in third, 14.97 points behind Germany. Colombia and Brazil, the other two teams, came in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Final of Men’s 3m Synchro
Chinese world champions CAO Yuan and WANG Zongyuan once again won the men’s 3m synchro final, this time defeating US competitors Tyler DOWNS and Greg DUNCAN by 88.68 points. However, after earning all 9.0s and 9.5s on its first two dives, the Chinese team became a little too at ease.
An uncoordinated and splashy forward 212 with 2 twists (with a 3.4 DD, not even China’s hardest dive) scored just 63.24 in the third round. Sebastian MORALES and Luis Felipe URIBE of Colombia, who had previously finished seventh out of eight teams, performed the same dive in the same round and outperformed China’s single dive score to move up to third place (behind China and Germany).
With two dives remaining in the fourth round, Colombia barely nudged Germany out of second place and trailed China by fewer than 22 points.
Since Cao and Wang recovered quickly from their third-round blunder and scored more than 90 points on their final two dives, including their finale, a forward 4 12 (109C) worth 3.8 DD that scored an event-high 96.90 points, rounds five and six became tense. However, this was not because anyone would beat China.
However, in round five, the US moved up to second place (where it would remain) with an easy inward 212 (with 3.0 DD), and Australia’s LI Shixin and Lachlan CRONIN eliminated Colombia from third place with an equally simple-seeming dive (a back 212 with 3.0 DD).
Nevertheless, with one dive left, the US, Australia, Colombia, and Germany (for second to fifth place) were only separated by less than 15 points. Could Australia surpass the US in silver production? With its final dive of the competition, Colombia, which trails third-place Australia by 1.08 points, might claim a podium spot.
In the end, China, the United States, and Australia finished 1-2-3, followed by Colombia, Germany, and Jamaica (which finally had a synchro pair as Yohan ESKRICK-PARKINSON joined the long-time solo act Yona KNIGHT-WISDOM). Brazil came in seventh, followed by Georgia in eighth.
After getting back together and finishing strong, WANG of China said, “We train every day for performances like this. We train all of our dives, from the first to the sixth round, every day. “It would be great if we could show what we do in training at the events.
His teammate CAO said, “The Chinese diving team is very competitive, so we turn this pressure into motivation.” He also said that even though he is 27 years old, he has a long way to go.
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