China take first gold in Edinburgh

19th April 2013

China’s Liu Huixia and Si Yajie demonstrated why they entered the competition as the favourites in the women’s 10m platform, coming away with a gold medal in the opening session of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Edinburgh.

Stepping into first position in the third round, they closed the event with an unrivalled back 2.5 somersault 1.5 twist pike to earn a tally of 338.64.

Despite wrestling for first position with the Chinese duo throughout, Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Leong Mun Yee were held off in the final rounds and came away with a silver medal and a total of 322.20.

We feel better here than in Beijing and we scored better so we're happy.

"We feel better here than in Beijing and we scored better so we're happy," said Pandelela. "We've been together since 2009 and we get on well.

"This competition is a warm-up for us to prepare us for the World Championships."

Great Britain’s Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow (303.72) kept the Edinburgh audience on the edge of their seats as they battled with Russia’s Athens 2004 Olympic medallists Yulia Koltunova and Natalia Goncharova (308.22) for the bronze medal.

Earning an identical score of 70.08 for their closing dives, the bronze medal was in reach for both, yet a high-scoring inward 3.5 somersault tuck in round four saw the Russian duo take it with a 5 point advantage.

Canadian sisters Carol-Ann and Pamela Ware (294.48) finished fifth ahead of Australia's Emily Boyd and Lara Tarvit (293.52) and Mexico's Alejandra Orozco and Carolina Mendoza (287.52).

Women's 10m Synchro Results

GOLD - Liu Huixia & Si Yajie (China) (338.64)

SILVER - Pandelela Rinong Pamg & Leong Mun Yee (Malaysia) (322.20)

BRONZE - Yulia Koltunova & Natalia Goncharova (Russia) (308.22)

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