Si Yajie completes golden debut

21st April 2013

Teenager Si Yajie proved the future of Chinese platform diving is in safe hands as she won a debut gold at the third leg of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Edinburgh.

The 14-year old is world junior champion in the Group B category and made the step up to senior competition with consummate ease, scoring 405.60 to take gold in her first individual World Series final.

Having also taken 10m Synchro gold on the opening day in Edinburgh, Si ensured it would be a debut to remember, leading from the first dive and not dipping below 76 for a single effort.

Si’s synchro partner from the opening session, Liu Huixia secured a Chinese one-two as she scored 374.40 for silver in her first individual World Series final.

The 15-year old has won 10m Synchro gold at every leg of this year’s World Series and while a 62.70 for her fourth dive – a back 3 ½ somersault with tuck – put her out of contention for gold, she recovered to score 76.80 for her final effort and secure her medal.

Another teenager completed the podium in Scotland as 16-year old Mexican diver Alejandra Orozco won her first individual World Series medal.

It was a very good performance but I'd still like to improve.

Orozco is an Olympic silver medallist from the 10m Synchro at London 2012 but blew her previous World Series best of 342.95 out of the water as she scored 367.45 for bronze.

"It was a very good performance but I'd still like to improve," said Orozco.

"I like the World Series because it's against the best in the world so it's great experience."

Great Britain’s Tonia Couch scored 350.45 to finish fourth in this event for the fourth time in her career while Russia’s Yulia Koltunova wasn’t far behind in fifth, scoring 336.85.

Malaysia’s Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg failed to find the form which saw her win her semi-final, missing a couple of dives as she scored 330.10 for sixth place.

Women’s 10m Platform Results

GOLD – Si Yajie (China) (405.60)

SILVER – Liu Huixia (China) (374.40)

BRONZE – Alejandra Orozco (Mexico) (367.45)

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