It was Chinese divers who enjoyed early success on the opening day of action Thursday at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, with further action to come in the pool Friday.
China had wrapped up a clean sweep of 10 golds out of 10 in the opening series event in Beijing last week, and they maintained that form yesterday as Chinese women’s pairing Liu Huixia and Si Yajie won the 10-metre synchro competition, finishing 6.66 points ahead of Canadian pairing Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion.
It was the same story in the men’s 10m synchro jump as Lin Yue and Chen Aisen, pictured, prevailed to finish comfortably clear of British duo Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow. Lin said of their success: “What helped us secure another win was the communication and training between us which led to an improvement in the synchronisation.”
The result was an improvement for Daley and Goodfellow after they had finished third in Beijing. Daley said: “It feels good considering we haven’t had the chance to train this week as I’ve been sick owing to illness. I’ve had a bad back, a bad neck and Dan’s had a bad hamstring. The odds have been against us so we’ve somehow managed to pull it off.”
It was more of the same in the evening session as China’s He Zi and Wang Han won the women’s 3m synchro springboard final. The final event of the evening produced another outstanding win for China, with Qin Kai and Cao Yuan securing the men’s version of the same event
The series continues Friday, with the final day Saturday. The action begins at 10am each day, with an evening session starting at 5pm. Tickets are Dh50 for adults and free for children under 12.
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