27th April 2014
Olympic champion Chen Ruolin maintained her perfect record at London Aquatics Centre to win 10m Platform gold on the final day in London.
The 21-year old won 10m Platform and 10m Synchro gold on both previous visits to London at the 2012 FINA World Cup and London 2012 Olympic Games.
And Chen’s dominance continued as she took gold on 400.50, breaking her 16-year old teammate Liu Huixia’s stranglehold on this season’s World Series.
Liu had won the previous legs in Beijing and Dubai this season but dramatically dropped her penultimate effort – a back 3.5 somersaults with tuck – to crash out of the medal chase, eventually finishing fourth on 368.75.
Instead it was Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito chasing Chen as she scored a World Series PB 394.75 to claim her first individual medal of the season with silver.
"I'm very pleased with that final," said Benfeito. "I didn't expect to dive that well. I know I'm capable of diving well but to be at 394 points is massive for me and I'm very proud of myself.
"The first two World Series this year were quite hard but I was able to go back home and train properly for a bit and I've come back on top today.
"The Chinese are always good, no matter who is competing. But they're beatable and just like anyone else, they can make mistakes like we saw today. To be able to say I beat one of them here at the World Series is great and to be getting so close to the Olympic champions is even better."
Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong Pamg repeated her result from her last visit to London at the Olympic Games as she landed bronze, scoring 81.60 on her final dive to secure her medal on 380.70.
Women's 10m Platform Results
GOLD - Chen Ruolin (China) (400.50)
SILVER - Meaghan Benfeito (Canada) (394.75)
- Click here for detailed results from London.