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China grabs first diving gold at swimming worlds
Latest Updated by 2007-03-19 20:21:43
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The dominant Chinese team grabbed the opening diving gold at the 12th FINA World Championships here on Monday.

In the men's three-meter springboard synchronized final, newly-combined Wang Feng and Qin Kai overcame a fifth-ranked opening dive and took the lead after four rounds.

The Chinese duo finally clinched the gold medal with a score of458.76 points, 4.8 points higher than the result which ensured them to finish first in the morning's preliminary.

"I performed normally today. I could feel the pressure and I was also thirsty for the gold," said the World Championships rookie Qin.

The 20-year-old Qin nailed the gold of men's three-meter springboard diving at both the World Cup and the Asian Games last season. He replaced He Chong to pair up with veteran Wang Feng forthe first time.

The pair failed to display perfect synchronization in the firsttwo rounds in the final and were only ranked fourth after the two comparably easy dives.

But Qin and defending champion Wang kept their consistency in the last four rounds and didn't let the gold slip off their hands.

Russian diver Alexksandr Dobroskok shockingly failed to jump into the pool in the fourth round and came back through the springboard without score.

In the last round, the seasoned diver failed to live up to his partner Gleb Galperin again with the same muff.

While Dobroskok and Galperin were out of competition, Canadianpair Alexandre Despatie and Arturo Miranda took the silver with 418.92 points.

German Tobias Schellenberg and Andreas Wels, the runners-up at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2005 Montreal World Championships, finished third with 414.54 points.

Troy Dumais and Mitchell Richeson from the United States narrowly missed the podium with a 0.30 point margin.

The up-and-down competition was halted for about 25 minutes dueto power cut.

"It seldom happens at such big competition, but it's not the first time here," said Despatie, "It happened during our training.They promised that they would fix it."

But all the medallists believed the accident didn't affect their performances.

"We prepared very well and we think anything could happen. It'snot a big deal," said Wang Feng.

Editor: Donald

By: Source:China View website
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