SHANGHAI, July 17 -- China claimed one more gold at the FINA Diving World Cup as Olympic champion Chen Ruolin and her partner Liu Huixia won the women's 10-meter platform synchro title here on Thursday.
Two-time Olympic champion Chen and newly crowned world champion Liu dominated the final with 357.66 points, 21 points than the second-placed Leong Mun Yee/Cheong Jun Hoong from Malaysia, who started to pair up just a few days ago. Canadian Meaghan Benfeito/Roseline Filion took third in 335.25.
"In terms of synchronization, we were better today than in training," said Chen, also the defending champion of the event. "But I still need to improve my own performance."
Chen will skip the single event at the World Cup due to her injuries. "I got injured earlier and I need time to recover," she said. "The pressure was less in synchro event."
The newly paired Malaysian duo were happy with their silver. "Her partner was injured so I just took her place a few days ago," said Cheong. "We are very happy to win a medal here."
The silver medallists were only 1.41 points more than the third-placed Canadian pair.
"We performed very well and we are really happy. We hoped we can do better than we did in the morning as it was a warm-up, and we did it," said Benfeito. "It was a really close competition and we are satisfied with the result."