Event Preview: Women’s 3m Synchro

22nd April 2014

The women’s 3m Synchro has the biggest field for any of the synchronised events in London with nine pairs going for gold.

Projected Start List

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China’s Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao will be the ones to beat, having won the opening two legs of this year’s World Series in Beijing and Dubai.

The world champions are unbeaten as a partnership in their five appearances together at World Series level, having also topped the podium in Beijing, Edinburgh and Moscow last year.

The Italians have two World Series silvers to their name as well as five bronzes, including this year in Dubai

Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape are a hugely experienced partnership, having competed together at World Series level since 2009.

The Italians – who won silver behind Wu and Shi at last year’s World Championships – have two World Series silvers to their name as well as five bronzes, including the previous leg this year in Dubai.

Canada’s Jennifer Abel won World silver and Olympic bronze with Emilie Heymans before her partner called time on her career after London 2012. But Abel has continued her international success with new partner Pamela Ware, claiming World Championship bronze last season.

Abel and Ware also won World Series silver in Guadalajara last year and in Beijing this term and are more than capable of breaching the 310 mark.

Great Britain’s Rebecca Gallantree is competing at World Series level for the sixth season and won 3m Synchro silver twice last year with Alicia Blagg.

While Blagg is missing London due to injury, Gallantree will team up with Hannah Starling in London; another youngster who made an impact on her debut World Series season last year, finishing fourth in the individual 3m Springboard at the UK leg in Edinburgh.

Malaysia’s Ng Yan Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong won three bronze medals on last year’s World Series but only breached the 300 barrier once and have yet to medal this term.

Russian teenagers Kristina Ilinykh and Maria Polyakova are aiming for their first World Series medals together while Ukraine’s Olena Fedorova – a World Series medal winner in individual and synchronised 3m Springboard – is finding her feet with another youngster in Anastasiia Nedobiga.

Finally, USA’s Samantha Pickens and Amanda Burke, who finished seventh at last year’s World Championships will make their debut as a World Series partnership in London, Burke having competed the opening two legs this year with Deidre Freeman.

  • Start list is provisional and may be subject to changes.