China completes clean sweep at FINA World Cup

China’s all-conquering divers made a clean sweep at the FINA World Cup in Shanghai when Yang Jian clinched the gold in the Men’s 10m platform Sunday.

The victory was the ninth title to be claimed by Chinese divers in the biannual tournament, which was last held in London in 2012 when China also pulled off the same feat.

China also claimed all the silver medals that were available in Shanghai.

But it was heartbreak for British Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, who narrowly missed out on the medals after finishing fourth in the 10m platform event.

Yang took the title on 543.85 points, with team-mate Qiu Bo in second on 528.50, followed by Mexican Ivan Garcia on 504.90.

Earlier Sunday, Shi Tingmao claimed gold in the Women’s 3m springboard on 383.40 points, with compatriot He Zi in second on 369.65, followed by Maddison Keeney of Australia on 346.00.

In the men’s 3m springboard on Saturday, Olympic and world champion He Chong took gold to deny his teammate Cao Yuan claiming an historic three titles in Shanghai.

Cao had earlier won the men’s synchronised 10m platform and synchronised 3m springboard with partner Lin Yue, and was vying to become the first diver to claim three golds in the 35-year history of the World Cup.

However, He won the 3m springboard gold on 540.35 points, while Cao came second on 526.70. Jack Laugher of Britain took the bronze on 488.20 points.

Earlier in the six-day tournament, Huang Xiaohui took the women’s 10m platform title, while Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao claimed victory in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard.

Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia claimed the women’s synchronised 10m platform title, while China also won the team event, ahead of second-placed Ukraine and Russia.


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