Shi Defends Women’s 3m Springboard Title, Bondar Leads Men’s 10m

2017 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DIVING

The penultimate day of diving at the FINA World Championships featured preliminary and semi-final rounds of the men’s 10m platform event, along with finals of the women’s 3m springboard a bit later on.

In the 3m springboard final China’s Shi Tingmao continued her recent dominance in the event, winning her second consecutive world title handily with a final score of 383.50. She defends her title from 2015, and was also the 2016 Olympic gold medalist.

For the second time this week China went 1-2, as Wang Han scored 359.40 for silver. Canada’s Jennifer Abel has a plethora of 3m synchronized World medals, including a silver this year, but a big performance in the final earned her the individual bronze. She wins her second individual World Championship medal six years after also winning bronze in this event in Shanghai.

Great Britain’s Grace Reid also had a strong final to move up four spots from the semis to 4th with 336.70 points, and Australia’s Maddison Keeney (335.50) and Canada’s Pamela Ware (335.10) weren’t far behind for 5th and 6th.

Women’s 3m Springboard Final

  1. Shi Tingmao, CHN, 383.50
  2. Wang Han, CHN, 359.40
  3. Jennifer Abel, CAN, 351.55
  4. Grace Reid, GBR, 336.70
  5. Maddison Keeney, AUS, 335.50
  6. Pamela Ware, CAN, 335.10
  7. Kristina Ilinykh, RUS, 319.40
  8. Inge Jansen, NED, 307.85
  9. Maria Polyakova, RUS, 299.20
  10. Nur Dhabitah Sabri, MAS, 292.35
  11. Anabelle Smith, AUS, 268.95
  12. Julia Vincent, RSA, 265.90

In the men’s 10m platform semis Russian Aleksandr Bondar led the way, qualifying 1st with a score of 509.10. Bondar was the 2013 European champion in this event, and already has a silver in Budapest from the 10m synchro.

Britain’s Tom Daley occupies the 2nd spot heading to the final at 498.65, making it one step further than he managed last year at the Olympics. After coming out of the preliminaries with the top score, Daley plummeted to 18th in the semis, missing the final. He was the World Champion way back in 2009, won the bronze in London, and won another bronze two years ago in Kazan.

2016 Olympic gold medalist Chen Aisen qualified 3rd overall at 488.55, with American David Dinsmore 4th (483.10).

The men’s 10m platform final will go tomorrow at 5 PM, marking the final diving event of the championships.

Men’s 10m Platform Finalists

  1. Aleksandr Bondar, RUS, 509.10
  2. Tom Daley, GBR, 498.65
  3. Chen Aisen, CHN, 488.55
  4. David Dinsmore, USA, 483.10
  5. Matthew Lee, GBR, 472.35
  6. Ri Hyon-ju, PRK, 468.80
  7. Benjamin Auffret, FRA, 467.70
  8. Viktor Minibaev, RUS, 463.40
  9. Randal Willars Valdez, MEX, 463.25
  10. Woo Ha-ram, KOR, 442.60
  11. Yang Jian, CHN, 441.75
  12. Maksym Dolgov, UKR, 413.55

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