The second of five FINA Diving World Series meets in 2019 comes to the famed Water Cube in Beijing (CHN), following a Chinese sweep of the season opener at Sagamihara (JPN).
All 10 of the winning entries will be back and they were impressive. Six won by 10 or more points and two more won by five or more points; just two were close:
● 3 m Springboard: Siyi Xie (CHN) +19.40
● 10 m Platform: Jian Yang (CHN) +6.35
● 3 m Synchro: Yuan Cao/Siyi Xie (CHN) +18.96
● 10 m Synchro: Yuan Cao/Aisen Chen (CHN) +44.79
● 3 m Springboard: Tingmao Shi (CHN) +3.15
● 10 m Platform: Jiaqi Zhang (CHN) +8.20
● 3 m Synchro: Tingmao Shi/Han Wang (CHN) +27.03
● 10 m Synchro: Jiaqi Zhang/Wei Lu (CHN) +20.94
● 3 m Synchro: Yani Chang/Hao Yang (CHN) +2.70
● 10 m Synchro: Junjie Lian/Yajie Si (CHN) +25.74
What’s more, China’s divers have been almost unbeatable in Beijing. They swept the events in the Beijing leg of the World Series in 2011-12-13-15-16-18, losing only in the 3m Springboard in 2017 (by Britain’s Jack Laugher) and the 10 m Platform in 2014 (Viktor Minibaev (RUS)): that’s 60 wins in the last 62 events.
It’s worth noting that Laugher is back for this week’s events, and was third last week in the 3 m Springboard.
Prize money of $5,000-4,000-3,000 will be available to the top three finishers. Look for results here.