20th April 2013
Ukraine’s Illya Kvasha won his second FINA/Midea Diving World Series title on the bounce with 3m Springboard victory in Edinburgh.
Having raised a few eyebrows by beating China’s 2008 Olympic champion He Chong in the previous leg in Dubai, Kvasha proved it was no fluke by repeating the feat at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
The 25-year old led from the opening round, breaking 90 points for two of his dives and smashing his World Series best to win on 516.45.
This gold is so important because I beat the Chinese athletes for a second time and got my highest ever dive with 93 points.
"For me this gold medal is so important because I beat the Chinese athletes for a second time, and tonight I got my highest score ever in diving, with 93 points," said Kvasha.
"I hope that I can improve even more in the European and World Championships.
"The World Series is a great competition. The organisation is amazing because when we compete we feel like stars when we come out into the spotlight. It’s so great".
He – who won 3m bronze at London 2012 – was Kvasha’s closest rival in Scotland as he also breached 500 points, finishing on 504.55.
Germany’s Patrick Hausding took the final podium place, winning the third individual bronze of his World Series career but his first medal of the season on 476.10.
"The standard is always really high at the World Series. You have to compete against the world’s best divers here so it’s great to compare myself with them, and it’s good to beat at least one of the Chinese athletes," said Hausding.
"The World Series is a great event because it heightens the status of diving in the media, and all the countries with a huge interest in diving are acting as hosts. It’s a good thing for diving to get some attention in the world".
China’s Olympic silver medallist Qin Kai dropped out of contention after dropping his third dive and settled for fourth on 437.70 while Mexico’s Yahel Castillo (415.90) and Great Britain’s Chris Mears (396.65) finished fifth and sixth respectively.
Men's 3m Springboard Results
SILVER - He Chong (China) (504.55)
BRONZE - Patrick Hausding (Germany) (476.10)
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