March 17, 2013
Silver Sunday for Meaghan Benfeito at World Series
BEIJING- Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal capped a strong opening FINA World Series event for Canada on Sunday with a silver medal in the women’s 10-metre tower.
Canada finished the competition with three silver medals. Benfeito also took silver in 10-metre synchro with Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., on Friday and Jennifer Abel of Laval was second on women’s three-metre springboard on Saturday.
Olympic champion Chen Ruolin of China took the 10-metre gold with 403.75 points, Benfeito followed at 362.25 and Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia was third at 337.75. Filion also reached the final placing sixth at 303.90.
Benfeito, an Olympic bronze medallist with Filion in 10-metre synchro, opened the final with a strong forward dive equaling Chen’s score of 76.50 points. She received mixed reviews for her backward dive in the third round with judges marks ranging from 7.0 to 8.5. She was probably hoping to fare better as well on her armstand dive which she had nailed for a big score en route to the national title two weeks ago.
The FINA World Series has expanded from four to six-stops this season and is reserved for the top-ranked eight divers in the world in each event.
The next stop on the circuit is this Friday to Sunday (March 21-23) in Dubai.
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China dominates opening leg’s action in Beijing (CHN)
Lausanne (SUI), March 17, 2013 – Beijing’s “Water Cube” provided the backdrop to spectacular
performances during the opening leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013, organised
from March 15-17. The superb venue welcomed 60 of the best divers in action from 12 countries.
It was an expected show of strength by China, the traditional diving powerhouse, whose ninestrong squad blitzed to win all eight titles on offer.
China’s Kai Qin and Chong He finished 1-2 in the men’s 3m springboard, with a total 548.65 and
521.50 points, respectively, beating 2012 Olympic champion in the event, Ilya Zakharov from
Russia, third with 514.45 points. The two Chinese paired in the 3m synchro to win with a total
468.90, besting Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, second with 430.32 points, and Mexico’s Yahel
Castillo/Daniel Islas, third with 396.15 points.
Among women, 2012 Olympic silver medallist Zi He (CHN) was untouchable in the 3m
springboard, totalling 395.65 points. Canadian Jennifer Abel took second with 335.20 points while
Italy’s diving talent Tania Cagnotto secured the minor medal with 330.70 points. In the 3m
synchro, 2012 Olympic champion Minxia Wu combined with Tingmao Shi to capture gold with an
overall 336.60, ahead of British pair Alicia Blagg/Rebecca Gallantree (305.79 points) and Anna
Pysmenska/Olena Fedorova from Ukraine (300.90 points), second and third, respectively.
Rising talent Yue Lin extended China’s unbeaten streak in the men’s 10m platform, winning with
an overall 555.55 while podium challengers Aisen Chen (CHN, 551.55 points) and Victor Minibaev
(RUS, 499.35 points) finished in second and third place, respectively. Chen and Lin’s victory in
the 10m platform synchro generated little surprise with the pair scoring a grueling 493.47.
Minibaev and Artem Chesakov finished runners-up (439.65 points) while 2012 Olympic silver
medallist Ivan Garcia from Mexico, with Adan Zuniga, took third with 403.47 points.
platform, winning the individual and synchro (with Huixia Liu) events with total scores of 403.75
and 351.78, respectively. Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) took silver in the individual and synchro
(combining with Roseline Filion) with a total 362.25 and 316.71 points, respectively. 2012 Olympic
bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg from Malaysia claimed third spot with 337.75 points
while the synchro bronze went to Yulia Koltunova/Natalia Goncharova (RUS, 316.56 points).
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MEDALLISTS IN BEIJING
3m springboard: 1. Kai Qin (CHN) 548.65; 2. Chong He (CHN) 521.50; 3. Illya Zakharov (RUS)
514.4510m platform: 1. Yue Lin (CHN) 555.55; 2. Aisen Chen (CHN) 551.55; 3. Victor Minibaev (RUS)
3m springboard synchro: 1. Chong He/Kai Qin (CHN) 468.90; 2. Evgeny Kuznetsov/Ilya Zakharov
(RUS) 430.32; 3. Yahel Castillo/Daniel Islas (MEX) 396.15
10m platform synchro: 1. Aisen Chen/Yue Lin (CHN) 493.47; 2. Victor Minibaev/Artem Chesakov
(RUS) 439.65; 3. Ivan Garcia/Adan Zuniga (MEX) 403.47
3m springboard: 1. Zi He (CHN) 395.65; 2. Jennifer Abel (CAN) 335.20; 3. Tania Cagnotto (ITA)
10m platform: 1. Ruolin Chen (CHN) 403.75; 2. Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) 362.25; 3. Pandelela
Rinong Pamg (MAS) 337.75
3m springboard synchro: 1. Minxia Wu/Tingmao Shi (CHN) 336.60; 2. Alicia Blagg/Rebecca
Gallantree (GBR) 305.79; 3. Anna Pysmenska/Olena Fedorova (UKR) 300.90
10m platform synchro: 1. Ruolin Chen/Huixia Liu (CHN) 351.78; 2. Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline
Filion (CAN) 316.71; 3. Yulia Koltunova/Natalia Goncharova (RUS) 316.56