19th April 2013
China’s He Chong and Qin Kai won 3m Synchro gold while Great Britain’s Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears won the hosts’ second medal on the opening night of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Edinburgh.
Qin and He continued China’s trend of taking away nothing less than gold in this event at the World Series, as they closed the day’s events in first position.
We have been synchro partners for only five months but it is going well.
With 2008 Olympic bronze medallists Illya Kvasha and Oleksiy Prygorov of Ukraine hot on their heels throughout, the Chinese duo upped their game in the final two rounds, refusing to fall below 80 points and finishing on 433.65.
“We have been synchro partners for only five months but it is going well,” said He.
“We feel the competition today was tight, our performance was good but we can do better and we will work on this in training.”
Having obtained the highest individual score of the event with an outstanding inward 3 1/2 somersault in round three (88.92), the Ukrainian pair impressed to chase China to the finish line, matching their own performance in the Dubai leg of this year's World Series and lifting another silver medal.
Mears and Robinson-Baker maintained a close rivalry with American brothers Troy and Dwight Dumais throughout before edging them for bronze with their final dive.
The Brits had been in fourth place throughout the opening five rounds but their final and highest-scoring dive of 79.56 ensured they clinched third position and their first international medal of the season on 392.91 points, while the Americans followed 0.45 points behind (392.46).
“We were biting our nails at the end because we knew USA were within half a point of us and we didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Mears.
“But we came out on top today which is brilliant and it was in front of a home crowd so it couldn’t have happened at a better World Series leg.
“We’re going to be working on our consistency in the next few months. I messed up one of my dives today which I’m annoyed about so we’ll go back and work on the little things and hopefully we can get some more medals from the other World Series.”
Ooi Tze Liang and Ahmad Amsyar Azman of Malaysia finished fifth with 345.87 points while Mexico’s Yahel Castillo and Julian Sanchez were forced to withdraw after only three rounds.
Men's 3m Synchro Results
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