Diving: Cao and Xie Win Men’s 3m Synchronized Springboard Gold at World Aquatics Championships

China showed why they are considered to be the best diving nation by winning all three diving golds today, including the men’s 3m synchronized springboard at the 2019 World Aquatics Championship. In terms of Olympic qualification, the top three nations qualify. Diving at the World Aquatics Championship is currently being held in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12th to July 20th 2019.

The preliminary round was topped by China’s Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi whom had full intent on upgrading the silver medal won at the 2017 World Championships. The pair finished with 447.18 points, 63.09 better than Japan’s Sho Sakai and Ken Terauchi whom finished with 384.09. Cao and Xie had the best score in five out of the six dives with only Great Britain’s Daniel Goodfellow and Jack Laugher scoring better on the fourth dive.

The final round was a bit more difficult for Cao and Xie as a poor second dive pushed them down into seventh place as South Korea’s Kim Yeong-nam and Woo Ha-ram took the lead whom were then overtaken by Goodfellow and Laugher after the fourth round. The fifth dive was when Cao and Xie retook the lead as they earned a massive 93.96 points, 15 more than their nearest competitor in that round. A 90.06 point final dive clinched the gold medal with a total of 439.74 for the pair. Silver was won by Goodfellow and Laugher whom finished with 415.02 while Mexico’s Yahel Castillo and Juan Manuel Celaya won the bronze and final Olympic quota with a score of 413.94.

The next opportunity for nations to qualify in this event will be at the 2020 Diving World Cup. Olympic qualification for diving continues tomorrow with quotas being given out in the women’s 10m synchronized platform.

Qualified Nations

Men’s 3m Synchronized Springboard
* China
* Great Britain
* Mexico

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