On Friday, the defending world champions brought home all of the gold medals for China in the diving competition that took place at the FINA World Cup.
On Friday, China demonstrated its supremacy once more in the diving competition. The nation won a total of four medals at the FINA Diving World Cup 2022, including three gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal. The following is a rundown of what transpired during the men’s and women’s 10m synchro competitions, as well as the solo men’s 3m competition:
Final for women’s 10m Synchro
China’s 2022 global champions did just enough to win the inaugural World Cup final against a small field. Teenagers CHEN Yuxi and QUAN Hongchan soundly defeated the US runners-up in the women’s 10m synchro event after five rounds of diving by 88.26 points. China won $6,000 and the new American team of Katrina Young, 30, and Nike AGUNBIADE, 21, won $5,000 because there were no other competitors. (With Delaney Schnell, Young won silver at the FINA World Championships earlier this summer.)
The dives were identical for both pairs, but the US was never given more than 7.5 points by any of the seven judges, while China consistently scored 8.5 and 9.0.
Chen admitted that even though they had won, they still wished they could have performed better. During our first four dives, we made a few blunders. We still have time to put up some improved performances.
Only Young will compete in a third competition in Berlin: the mixed team final on Sunday. All four athletes will return for the women’s solo 10m on Saturday.
Final for men’s 10m Synchro
The defending world champions from China led after each round to win the men’s 10m synchro competition. LIAN Junjie and YANG Hao did not have or require the list of the most challenging dives to score 444.84 points.
The difficulty of our dives in the third [and fifth] rounds isn’t too great; it’s a little bit too simple for us, Lian later conceded. It does, however, “make it simpler for us to attain good execution scores in the early round dives,” he continued.
In the end, the four-team field’s battle for silver and bronze was the real one.
The US moved up from fourth to second in the fifth round (of six) thanks to a back 212 with 212 twists (with a 3.6 DD) that got 66.96 points. Zachary COOPER and Max FLORY, two Americans, had the two hardest dives in the contest and saved them both for last. However, on their final dive, they made a timing error on their forward 412 (with 3.7 DD), which allowed Germany and Colombia to take the top two spots with dives of 3.4 DD and 3.2 DD, respectively.
Germany only needed 60.63 points on the very last dive of the competition to pass Colombia and claim second place. Lou MASSENBERG and Timo BARTHEL ultimately outperformed them, scoring 70.08 on a back 212 with 112 twists to secure the silver medal for the home country. Alejandro SOLARTE and Sebastian VILLA CASTANEDA of Colombia beat out the US for third place by 63 hundredths of a point.
Men’s 3m championship
The guys who went 1-2 at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest this summer did it again on Friday in Berlin, roughly 900 kilometers away. WANG Zongyuan, China’s world champion and 2020 Olympic silver medallist, was on fire all day. Surprisingly, five of his six dives exceeded 90 points (including a 5156B with a 3.9 DD in the third round which scored 99.45). Wang finished the day with 562.20 points.
Despite generating huge numbers, Wang stated, “During the tournament, I’m not worried about the scores, only the execution.”
CAO Yuan, who finished 48.35 points behind his partner, claimed silver.
“I’m not happy, especially with my dives in the last two rounds,” said Cao, the Olympic gold medallist on 3m in 2016. “I was average, not perfect, but not horrible.”
The most intriguing twist came in the fifth round, when 20-year-old Moritz WESEMANN of Germany pushed out 34-year-old LI Shixin for third place with his best dive of the day, a forward 412 (with 3.8 DD) that got 81.70 points. But the young German saved his most difficult dive for last: a forward 212 with three twists, which Wang executed earlier to get the meet-high score. Wesemann led Li by 16.45 points going into the last round, but how would he do under pressure?
Answer: perfectly fine. With it, Wesemann scored 79.95, good for bronze for the host nation with a total score of 432.40. Li finished fourth, trailing the German by 28.15 points.
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