China's Hu Yadan storms to win women's 10m platform in FINA Diving World Cup

09:05, June 04, 2010      

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China's 14-year-old rookie Hu Yadan shocked two-time Olympic champion Chen Ruolin to lift the women's 10-meter platform at 2010 FINA Diving World Cup at Changzhou on Thursday.

In her World Cup debut, Hu showed consistence by collecting 11 perfect marks -- 10 points in her first two dives. She dominated the final from the start to the end and won her first world title in 452.80 points.

Chen had to settled for a silver in 437.20 while Australian Melisa Wu came to third in 374.30. World champion Paola Espinosa of Mexico finished eighth in the final in 338.15.

Hu is currently under the same coach with Chen in the national team. "I have never thought about the title before the final. It's an unexpected victory. I still need to improve my consistence compared with Chen. "

"I didn't feel nervous during the competition. I thought of my every dive, just like it's a normal training session," Hu said.

After losing in last year's World Championships and World Cup, the 18-year-old Chen said: "I have experienced weight troubles during my growing up. I hope I can compete in the platform event in 2012 while I start more training on the springboard. "

The finals of women's 10m platform synchro and men's 3m springboard will be held on June. 4.



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