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Chinese pair Lin/Huo make "hat trick" at Diving World Series
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10:03, September 16, 2007

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Chinese pair Lin Yue and Huo Liang claimed the opening gold on Saturday at the 2007 Diving World Series, making three consecutive wins in the men's 10m platform synchronized event at the three-leg World Series.

The teenage duo, who won the event at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne this March, led the three pairs of finalists since the first round. Although they failed to keep the synchronization in the last dive, Lin and Huo pulled off the gold with a total score of 487.80 points.

"We feel a little bit tired during the competition," said Huo, "So we didn't done well enough this time. But in general, we are satisfied with the result."

Erick Fornaris and Jose Guerra from Cuba followed the home pair with 447.12 points. American duet Thomas Finchum and David Boudia finished third at 427.68 points.

Boudia and Finchum grabbed the bronze of this event in Melbourne while Fornaris and Guerra were the fourth finished pair at the 12th World Championships.

Having competed in Britain and Mexico respectively in the first two legs of the World Series in the past two weeks, several divers were too tired to perform in the final stop in Nanjing.

The inaugural Diving World Series is reserved for the cream of the crop in the sport: the top-eight from the World Championships in the individual events and the top-six in the synchronized events.

Source: Xinhua

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