World champs complete Chinese clean sweep

25th April 2014

World champions He Chong and Qin Kai won 3m Synchro gold to complete China’s clean sweep of the synchronised titles on the opening day of the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series in London.

The Chinese pair, competing together for the first time this season, led from the opening dive before ultimately claiming gold on 469.41.

The men’s 3m Synchro was the only event that China had not won at either of the opening two legs in Beijing and Dubai respectively.

But He and Qin were in no mood to let that record continue as they turned in a sublime performance, scoring more than 85 for all four of their optional dives including a 93.45 for their penultimate effort – a reverse 3.5 somersaults with tuck.

Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov and Illya Zakharov achieved the top-scoring dive of the competition, a 96.90 for their final dive – a forward 4.5 somersaults with tuck.

But it was only enough for the Russians, winners at the opening leg in Beijing, to claim bronze on 442.62 behind Ukraine’s Illya Kvasha and Oleksandr Gorshkovozov on 443.43.

Great Britain’s Chris Mears and Jack Laugher, competing together for the first time, also impressed as they scored 431.82 – a performance which would have landed them silver at last year’s World Championships in Barcelona.

Men's 3m Synchro Results

GOLD - He Chong and Qin Kai (China) (469.41)

SILVER - Illya Kvasha and Oleksandr Gorshkovozov (442.43)

BRONZE - Evgeny Kuznetsov and Illya Zakharov (442.62)

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