Chinese teenagers impress from platform

21st April 2013

Olympic and World champion Chen Ruolin may have withdrawn, but China’s next generation of divers proved they’re more than capable of stepping up in her absence.

Having combined for Platform Synchro gold on the opening day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Edinburgh, 15-year old Liu Huixia and 14-year old Si Yajie led qualifiers in the individual event.

Liu has won Platform Synchro gold at all three legs of the World Series so far this season and impressed to score 373.50 in her first individual appearance.

World junior champion in the Group B age category, Si was also competing individually for the first time at this level but managed to post 371.05 despite dropping for 5.5s on her penultimate dive.

Home favourite Tonia Couch joined the Chinese girls in the final, scoring a World Series personal best 356.00.

The Brit will be desperate to land her first individual World Series medal in front of a home crowd, having finished fourth in this event three times in her career.

Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg was the outstanding qualifier from the second semi-final, scoring 366.90 to progress.

The Olympic bronze medallist won bronze in this event at the first leg in Beijing this season and will be aiming to land her first World Series gold tonight.

Russia's Yulia Koltunova has enjoyed medal success this season with individual bronze at the last leg in Dubai and Platform Synchro bronze at all three of this season's legs.

The 23-year old will chase another podium position after progressing on 349.55 while Mexico's Alejandra Orozco reached her first individual World Series final on 339.25.

Italy's Noemi Batki (333.50) and Australia's Olympic silver medallist Brittany Broben (327.45) were the unlucky ones to miss out from the opening semi while Mexico's Carolina Mendoza (277.20) and Canada's Carol-Ann Ware (249.00) finished fourth and fifth in the second semi.

Women's 10m Platform Qualifiers

1ST - Liu Huixia (China) (373.50 - SF1)

2ND - Si Yajie (China) (371.05 - SF1)

3RD - Pandelela Rinong Pamg (Malaysia) (366.90 - SF2)

4TH - Tonia Couch (Great Britain) (356.00 - SF1)

5TH - Yulia Koltunova (Russia) (349.55 - SF2)

6TH - Alejandra Orozco (Mexico) (339.25 - SF2)

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