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Diving Day 3 – Peng Jianfeng puts China back on the winning trail

by ZwemZa on July 16th, 2017
Jianfeng Peng of China competes in the men's diving 1m springboard final at the Swimming World Championships 2017 in Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)

Jianfeng Peng of China competes in the men’s diving 1m springboard final at the Swimming World Championships 2017 in Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)

Peng Jianfeng and He Chao scored a one-two victory in what ultimately turned into a close battle in the men’s 1m springboard final to bring China their second diving title of the 17th FINA World Championships.

Peng appeared to be heading for a clearcut win as he led by 34 points from He Chao with two dives to go. But he faltered in the penultimate round and in the end less than five points separated the top three as Italy’s Giovanni Tocci hurled down a powerful challenge to the leading pair with his last dive.

He Chao, the 3m world champion in 2015, edged past the 22-year-old Italian, who had been outside the top three for the first five rounds, leaving Peng – diving last but still with a 10-point lead – with one dive to decide it. Peng’s forward 2-1/2 somersaults with twist was not his best but it was just enough for gold. Peng won with a six-dive aggregate of 448.40 points, with He Chao taking the silver on 447.20 and Tocci the bronze on 444.25.

It marked a gratifying return to the podium for 25-year-old He Chao after Olympic disappointment last year when he failed to qualify from the preliminary round of the 3m event. And it brought China back to customary winning ways after defeats in the women’s 1m (won by Australia’s Maddison Keeney) and men’s 3m synchro (Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov) on Day 2 when Ren Qian and Lian Junjie scored the sole Chinese win in the mixed 10m synchro.

China have now won the men’s 1m world title nine times out of 12, including the six most recent editions.

The last non-Chinese winner was Canada’s Alexandre Despatie in 2005. Germany’s Patrick Hausding, Olympic 3m bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, had been in the top three throughout the first five rounds but the 28-year-old European 1m silver medallist could not withstand Tocci’s challenge and finished fourth, five points adrift of the Italian.

European champion Illya Kvasha of Ukraine, 1m silver medallist at the last two world championships, failed to make the final after a botched second dive in the preliminary round. Kvasha, however, gained consolation on Day 2 when he shared bronze with Oleg Kolodiy in the men’s synchronised 3m final. Kolodiy finished sixth in the 1m final.

FINA Communication Department

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