China continued its gold medal streak in diving at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships where they won gold in the women’s 3m synchronized springboard and men’s 10m synchronized platform. In terms of Olympic qualification, the top three nations from each event qualify. Diving at the World Aquatics Championship is currently being held in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12th to July 20th 2019.
In the women’s 3m synchronized springboard, the defending champion, Shi Tingmao and her new partner 2017 World Championship silver medalist in the individual event Wang Han of China had the best performance in the preliminary round, including three of the best dives in the five rotations. They finished with a total of 309.90 points, 17.82 more than Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu.
The final round saw the Chinese pair display their prowess by scoring the highest points for each of their five dives to win the gold medal with 342.00 points. Abel and Cirini-Beaulieu won silver with a score of 311.10 while Mexico’s Paola Espinosa and Melany Hernandez recovered from a relatively poor preliminary round to win the bronze medal with 294.90 points.
The Men’s 10m synchronized platform saw China’s Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen dominate the preliminary round where they obtained the highest score for five of their six dives, including 94.35 points for their fifth dive. The pair finished with a score of 460.29, 44.01 more than Great Britain’s Tom Daley and Matthew Lee.
The final round saw even more impressive dives from the Chinese pair where they scored over 90 points in each of their four free dives, giving them a total of 486.93. This is Cao’s second gold medal of the championship, earlier winning in the 3m synchronized springboard. The silver medal was won by Russia’s Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev whom finished with 444.60 while Daley and Lee won bronze with a score of 425.91.
The next opportunity for nations to qualify in this event will be at the 2020 Diving World Cup. Olympic qualification for diving continues with the first individual quotas being handed out on Wednesday.