Minibaev and Chesakov step up for first gold

19th April 2013

Russia’s Victor Minibaev and Artem Chesakov landed their first World Series gold with victory at the third leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Edinburgh.

The Russian pair won silver at the opening two legs of the Series in Beijing and Dubai respectively but upgraded to gold with a consistent performance in Scotland.

That is our first gold together so we are pleased.

While they lay third of the three teams after their required dives, Minibaev and Chesakov made their way to the top by the fifth round and finished with their best dive of the competition, scoring 86.40 for a back 2 1/2 somersaults, 2 1/2 twists in pike.

"We did some very good dives today," said Minibaev. "We went to the Beijing and Dubai and will go to all the other World Series events this year but that is our first gold together so we are pleased.

"We've been training together for three months and it's going well so far."

The Russians eventually finished on 415.50 with Cuba's Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre clinching silver on 399.63.

The Cuban pair, who won World Championship bronze in 2009, also finished on a high note with 81.60 for their back 2 1/2 somersaults, 2 1/2 twists in pike to move ahead of Mexico's Olympic silver medallists Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez in the last round.

The Mexicans - competing together for the first time in this season's World Series - were the early leaders  after an impressive forward 4 1/2 somersaults with tuck for 86.58 in the third round.

But dropped dives in the penultimate and final round of dives saw them slip to third on 388.11.

Men's 10m Synchro Results

GOLD - Victor Minibaev and Artem Chesakov (Russia) (415.50)

SILVER - Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre (Cuba) (399.63)

BRONZE - Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez (Mexico) (388.11)

  • CLICK HERE for detailed results from Edinburgh (new window)

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