Qin Kai leads 1-2 finish for China in Beijing Leg of Diving World Series

13:31, March 26, 2011      

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Gold medalist Qin Kai(R) of China shows his medal with his teammate silver medalist He Chong during the awarding ceremony for the Men's 3m Springboard Final in FINA Diving World Series 2011-Beijing (CHN) at National Aquatics Center (Water Cube) in Beijing, China, March 25, 2011. (Xinhua/Ding Xu)

China's Qin Kai, fresh from his victory last week in Moscow, outshone teammate He Chong again, leading all the way to claim the men's 3 meter springboard title at the second leg of 2011 FINA Diving World Series here on Friday.

Qin produced a flawless fifth dive 109C (forward 4 1/2 somersault) to earn a day-high 100.70 points and finish with 541.70 in total.

He, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and world champion, was 5.45 points behind and had to settle for the silver.

Russia's Evgeny Kuznetsov grabbed the bronze medal with 491.25 points.

He, dubbed the King of Difficulty, failed to impress the spectators with his 5156B (forward 2 1/2 somersoult 3 twist), which has a high difficulty degree of 3.9.

"Today I did a good job on the 109C dive. I started to practice this routine last year and didn't execute it well in previous events. So I am quite happy with my performance today," Qin said after the competition.

In the women's synchro three-meter springboard final, World Cup winners He Zi/Wu Minxia had no problems to take the crown. The silver medal went to Canadian duo Jennifer Abel/Emilie Heymans. Tania Cagnotto/Francesca Dallape from Italy came third.

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