He Zi leads women’s 3m qualifiers

26th April 2014

World champion He Zi eased into the 3m Springboard final on the second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014 at London Aquatics Centre.

The Chinese diver is aiming for her fourth World Series gold at a UK leg, having won 3m Springboard gold in Sheffield in 2009 and 2011 as well as Edinburgh last year.

And the 23-year old looked in fine shape to claim the 18th individual World Series gold of her career as she topped qualifiers on 363.95, scoring more than 72 on four of her five dives.

Canada’s 2011 World bronze medallist Jennifer Abel followed He through in the second semi final on 335.10 while Italy’s double World Championship bronze medallist Tania Cagnotto was third on 330.50.

He’s Chinese compatriot and World Championship silver medallist Wang Han won the first semi on 348.75.

Canada’s World bronze medallist Pamela Ware will join her national teammate Abel in the final after progressing on 320.40 while Italy’s Maria Marconi denied home favourite Hannah Starling the last spot in the final, scoring 316.50 to Starling’s 309.50.

GB’s Rebecca Gallantree finished fifth in the second semi-final on 313.85.

Women's 3m Springboard Qualifiers

1ST - He Zi (China) (363.95 - SF2)

2ND - Wang Han (China) (348.75 - SF1)

3RD - Jennifer Abel (Canada) (335.10 - SF2)

4TH - Tania Cagnotto (Italy) (330.50 - SF2)

5TH - Pamela Ware (Canada) (320.40 - SF1)

6TH - Maria Marconi (Italy) (316.50 - SF1)