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Budapest 2017: Diving Day 4 – Fourth diving gold for China

by ZwemZa on July 17th, 2017
Shi Tingmao/Yani Chang (CHN) - Photo by Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia

Shi Tingmao/Yani Chang (CHN) – Photo by Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia

China maintained their winning ways at the FINA World Championships as Shi Tingmao scooped her third consecutive women’s 3m synchro world gold, partnering Chang Yani to victory over Canadian and Russian pairs to hoist China’s title tally in Budapest to four out of six contested.

The Chinese pair led through all five rounds of the final, as they had in the preliminary round earlier in the day, but they were pursued all the way by Canadians Jennifer Abel, who collected her fourth 3m synchro medal in a row, and Melissa Citrini Beaulieu.

Shi and Chang compiled 333.30 points from their five dives to win from Abel and Citrini Beaulieu (323.43) and Russian duo Nadezhda Bazhina and Kristina Ilinykh (312.60). It was Bazhina’s second medal in the Duna Arena, following her silver in the 1m final on Day 2 behind Maddison Keeney of Australia, when China were shut out of the medals.

For Abel it was the third silver and fourth overall 3m synchro medal in the last four world championships, the 25-year-old Canadian having pocketed silver in 2011, bronze in 2013 and silver in 2015, the last two with Pamela Ware. She also won Olympic 3m synchro bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.

Behind the Chinese-Canadian duel, the Russians won the battle for bronze as Bazhina and Ilinikh held third place from the second round onwards to deny Australian Olympic bronze medallists Keeney and Annabelle Smith, who finished fourth this time on 301.23.

After Keeney’s triumph in the 1m final, the other title to elude the Chinese, also on Day 2, was the men’s 3m synchro which was prised from the grasp of Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi by Russian European champions Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov.

But China have bounced back. Shi, the reigning Olympic and defending world individual champion on the 3m board, won the Olympic 3m synchro crown and her first two synchro world titles with Wu Minxia, who herself boasted a record seven world and two Olympic golds in the event before her retirement after the 2016 Rio Games.

Shi and Chang made it nine world championship 3m synchro titles in a row for China. The only time China did not win the event at the Worlds was in 1998, the first occasion it was held, when Irina Lashko and Yuliya Pakhalina won it for Russia.

Derek Parr | FINA Media Committee

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