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China sweeps all gold medals at FINA Diving World Series in Sagamihara

(Xinhua)    11:09, March 04, 2019

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- After seven consecutive gold medals on the previous two days, China kept its winning streak on Sunday at the first leg of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series in Japan's Sagamihara, claiming the last three golds, according to world swimming governing body FINA.

In the women's 3m springboard, Shi Tingmao, winner in this event at all legs of the 2018 edition, snatched the gold in 382.05 points. Despite some mistakes, Wang Han of China also did solid dives to rank second with 378.90, while Canada's Jennifer Abel was third in 353.40.

After finishing the first leg on a golden note, Shi spoke about her ambitions for the second meet of the Series. "In the next leg in Beijing I would like to have the same result as in Sagamihara", she said.

The men's 10m platform final was quite fierce as many divers got high scores.

Britain's Thomas Daley was the biggest rival for China's Yang Jian in the final. Yang was only two pionts more than Daley before the last dive. In the last combination, Daley got 108.00 points for a perfect 207B, while Yang did even better with a 112.75 for a flawless 109B. It was the decisive key for gold, with an accumulated 586.20 points for Yang.

Daley finished in second in 579.85 points, and Russia's Aleksandr Bondar who struggled for the lead with Daley and Yang had to content with bronze in 545.90.

Also on Sunday, China's pair Chang Yani and Yang Hao won the 3m mixed synchro in 330.63. Canada and Britain took silver and bronze respectively.

The second leg of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series will take place in Beijing from March 7 to 9.

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