Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov has claimed gold in the men’s three metre springboard final, while China continued their dominance with a further two gold medals at the International Aquatics Federation (FINA) World Diving Series in London.
With home favourite Jack Laugher, winner of the Kazan and Dubai legs of the series, failing to qualify for the final, the door was opened to Kuznetsov, China’s Olympic champion Cao Yuan and Germany’s Patrick Hausding to take gold.
The final proved a closely fought affair, but Kuznetsov produced a stunning final dive of competition to elevate himself from third place after five rounds to move to the top of the leaderboard and seal gold.
His forward 4½ somersault tucked dive saw him score 98.80 points from his concluding dive, to end on 519.40 points, narrowly ahead of Hausding's total of 519.35, while Yuan finished with bronze on 516.35 points.
China, who took four golds on the opening day of competition at the London Aquatics Centre, clinched a further two titles in the women’s 3m springboard and the mixed 3m synchro springboard events.
Shi Tingmao earned the women’s 3m springboard with ease on 374.35 points, finishing well clear of her team mate Wang Han’s total of 366.90 points, to seal her second title in two days, having been victorious in the synchro competition with Wu Minxia on the opening day.
Canada’s Pamela Ware and Russia’s Nadezhda Bazhina, finished tied for third place on 330.65 points, but Ware earned bronze by winning a dive off.
The mixed 3m synchro springboard also saw further success for China with Wang and Yang Hao taking gold on 336.90 points, with Canada’s Jennifer Abel and François Imbeau-Dulac second on 309.60 points.
There was also home success as Grace Reid and James Heatly finished on 299.79 points to claim a surprise bronze, in the event that made its World Series debut this year.
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