China also ceded the women's 1-meter springboard title, which was claimed by Julia Pakhalina of Russia, with Wu Minxia taking the silver. Qin Kai won the men's 1-meter springboard competition, with Zhang Xinhua coming in second. Australia's Matthew Mitcham, the platform diver who spoiled China's diving sweep aspirations at last summer's Olympics, came in third. Qin also won the 3-meter synchro springboard competition the following day, with partner Wang Feng.
One of China's biggest sports stars and the most-decorated Olympic female diver of all time, Guo Jingjing, opens competition today in the 3-meter individual event, and is expected to be a contender in the finals tomorrow. The diving competition ends Saturday, July 25, with the men's 10-meter synchro event. A complete list of starts and results can be seen on the FINA Web site.
Water polo and synchronized swimming
Water polo play kicks off Monday as well. The Chinese women opened against Hungary, losing 10-7 after coming out to a strong start that had them in a 4-4 tie in the second quarter. China came out of nowhere last summer to place fifth in Olympic competition, with surprising wins over Russia and Italy, and one-point losses to powerhouses Australia and the United States. The men are not as strong--expect them to get walked over by Montenegro (population 678,000, to China's 1.3 billion) Tuesday.
In synchronized swimming, China took bronze in the team technical event Sunday. There are six more competitions to go, with one gold medal awarded every day from Monday through Saturday.
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creating a professional league, Chinese diving coach Zhou Jihong said Wednesday.
The league would be open to divers from all over the world—and given the sport's popularity here and China's dominance of it (the host won seven out of eight diving gold medals at the 2008 Olympics) it would seem that a league here stands a chance of attracting top talent. The announcement came shortly after the FINA Diving World Grand Prix in Shenzhen. China swept the gold medals at last weekend's event.
With Guo Jingjing (郭晶晶) and He Chong (何冲) absent, China began to show off some of its younger up-and-coming diving talent and groom the next generation of stars for major international competition. Here's a closer look at the results:
Women's 10-meter platform individual and synchro
Chen Ruolin (陈若琳), who took the gold medal in the women's 10-meter platform at the Beijing Olympics, won her event at the Grand Prix. Chen had to come from behind to win, just as she did in the Olympics. She narrowly beat out Kang Li, with whom she later took first in the women's 10-meter synchronized event.
Women's 3-meter platform individual and synchro
He Zi and partner Wang Han also won the women's three-meter springboard synchro event. This is Guo's event, and before the competition began coach Zhou Jihong confirmed that the four-time gold medal winner has returned to training.
Men's 10-meter platform individual and synchro
China swept the top two positions in both the individual and synchro events. Lin Yue and Huo Liang (火亮) won the pairs competition, and Zhou Luxin (周吕鑫) won the individual, with Lin Yue taking silver.
Men's 3-meter springboard individual and synchro
Zhang Xinhua beat out two-time world champion and Beijing Olympics bronze medalist Qin Kai for the men's three-meter springboard title. The most recent Olympic gold and silver medalists, He Chong (China), and Alexander Despatie (Canada), did not compete. Zhang is 21 years old and won the springboard competition at the World University Games in 2007. Together, Qin and Zhang won the three-meter synchro event.
Chen Ruolin image: 9k8y.com
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