China Wins 2 More Gold Medals in Diving on Sunday


  • July 12th-20th, 2019
  • Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, South Korea
  • Diving Results

China continued their major comeback tour on Sunday at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships by moving to 5-for-5 in diving gold medals so far, winning 2 more events. They’ve already almost caught the 8-gold medal performance they had in 2017, which was a historically-low figure for the world’s dominant diving nation.

Men’s 1 Meter Springboard

17-year old Wang Zongyuan pulled a surprise win in the men’s 1-meter springboard event, nailing his last two dives to pull away for a comfortable 20+ point win. Among the divers he beat: the defending World Champion Peng Jianfeng, who took just a bronze medal this year. China didn’t enter He Chao, the defending World Championship medalist, in this year’s event.

Peng struggled through the early rounds, including scoring just 60 points on his 2nd dive (his lowest score of the final), and didn’t have the same pop as his countrymate Wang did to make up that ground late.

Mexico’s Rommel Pachecho Marrufo took silver, in spite of having among the lowest Degree of Difficulty schedules in the field. His opening dive, a 203B, carries only a 2.3DD. Nobody else had a DD on any dive lower than 2.6.

He made up for it, though, with consistent diving through the middle rounds to land on the podium.

Medal Finishers:

  1. Wang Zongyuan, China – 440.25
  2. Rommel Pacheco Marrufo, Mexico – 420.15
  3. Peng Jianfeng, China – 415.00

Women’s 10 meter Synchro

The Chinese women won their 10th-straight gold in women’s synchro, with the pair of Lu Wei and Zhang Jiaqi winning their first title together.

While the pair had some hiccups in execution, their synchronization scores were the highest in the field, receiving several 9.5s in that category. The pair was so dominant that they had the highest dive in every round of the competition.

Malaysia took silver with the pair of Mun Yee Leong and Pandelela Pamg combining to finish 32 points back of the Chinese, while the United States won their 2nd diving medal of the championship with the pairing of Samantha Bromberg and Katrina Young.

Medal Finishers:

  1. Lu Wei, Zhang Jiaqi, China – 345.24
  2. Leong Mun Yee, Pamg Pandelela, Malaysia – 312.72
  3. Samantha Bromberg, Katrina Young, USA – 304.86

Medals Table after July 14th

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China 5 0 1 6
2  Mexico 0 1 2 3
3  United States 0 1 1 2
4  Great Britain 0 1 0 1
 Malaysia 0 1 0 1
 Russia 0 1 0 1
7  South Korea 0 0 1 1
Totals (7 nations) 5 5 5 15


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Just an outstanding performance by Bromberg and Young!
On the road to Tokyo – for sure!

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