China remains unbeaten on 2nd day of FINA Diving World Series in Sagamihara

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-03 10:19:53|Editor: Liu
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BEIJING, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese supremacy remained unchallenged in the second day of the inaugural leg of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series, taking place in Sagamihara, Japan from March 1 to 3, according to world swimming governing body FINA on late Saturday.

In the women's 10m platform, China's 14-year-old promising star Zhang Jiaqi was a bit shaky in the first two dives, but performed quite strongly in the last three combinations. Throughout the final, her main rivals were Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and the other Chinese of the field, Ren Qian.

Zhang won the gold medal in 393.30 and Benfeito got the silver in 385.10. World Series champion in 2018, Ren Qian had to settle with the bronze in 371.40.

"There were good rounds and bad rounds. Actually, I am very happy with this result. I think I'm very competitive, and my concentration and effort paid off today", Zhang said.

In the final of men's 3m springboard, Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi, winners on Friday of the synchronized event, competed this time against each other. Jack Laugher from Britain joined the battle in a quite thrilling final.

Xie earned gold in 548.80. The silver went to Cao, who totalled 529.40. Laugher was third in 469.25.

"This result is good. But there were problems with the take-off in some dives. I am planning to train this aspect in order to fix it", Xie confessed.

In the last event of the day, the mixed 10m platform synchro, China's new duet Lian Junjie and Si Yajie met no challengers and won in 360.33. It was the seventh gold medal for China out of the seven finals contested so far.

The silver went to Russia's Nikita Shleikher and Iuliia Timoshinina in 334.59, while local stars Minami Itahashi and Kazuki Murakami delighted the crowd with the bronze in 325.50.