He Zi closes in on third title of 2013

20th April 2013

He Zi took a step towards her third consecutive gold in this season’s World Series as she made safe progress into the 3m Springboard final on day two of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Edinburgh.

The Olympic silver medallist is chasing her 14th individual title at this level and won her semi-final with 374.40 points – the most of any of the qualifiers to tonight’s final at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Canada’s Pamela Ware and Australia’s Jaele Patrick joined He in the final, finishing second and third respectively in the second semi-final.

Ware finished on 328.95 to reach the final on her individual World Series debut while Patrick reached her second consecutive final on 317.25.

China’s world 1m Springboard champion Shi Tingmao won the opening semi, scoring 352.95 to cruise into the final in her first individual World Series event.

Great Britain’s Hannah Starling impressed with a personal best 326.15 to progess in second, reaching her second World Series final in succession after finishing fifth in Dubai.

“It was really fun, one of my most enjoyable competitions," said Starling.

I just went out and had fun with it an that turned out to be a good move.

"I just went out and had fun with it and that turned out to be a good move as I’ve got a new PB. I’m really happy."

Ukraine’s Olena Fedorova – who won bronze in Dubai – was the third qualifier from the opening SF, scoring 321.20 to beat Russia’s Nadezda Bazhina (319.65).

Mexico’s Laura Sanchez and Great Britain’s Alicia Blagg were the other two to miss out, scoring 317.25 and 277.90 to finish fourth and fifth respectively in the second SF.

Women's 3m Springboard Qualifiers

1ST - He Zi (China) (374.40 - SF2)

2ND - Shi Tingmao (China) (352.95 - SF1)

3RD - Pamela Ware (Canada) (328.95 - SF2)

4TH - Hannah Starling (Great Britain) (326.15 - SF1)

5TH - Olena Fedorova (Ukraine) (321.20 - SF1)

6TH - Jaele Patrick (Australia) (317.25 - SF2)

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