China sweeps all four gold medals on 1st day of FINA Diving World Series

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The Chinese diving team dominated the first day of the opening leg of FINA Diving World Series 2019 in Sagamihara, Japan on Friday night, winning all four medals on offer, according to world swimming governing body FINA.

In the women's 10m platform synchro, 14-year-old Zhang Jiaqi, who is the gold medallist in the same event at the 2018 Asian Games, paired with Lu Wei for China's first success, earning gold in 340.44 points. They had a lead of 20.94 points over the DPR Korea's duet Kim A Rim and Kim Mi Rae in second place.

"We are happy to win but there are things to improve. We still need to fine-tune our technique. Even though we had a short time to train together, we have now learned more and have more experience competing with other divers", Zhang said.

In the men's 10m platform synchro, the duet formed by Chen Aisen, who won the same event at the 17th FINA World Championships, and Cao Yuan, who was the 3m springboard World Series champion last year, won the competition in 465.24.

In the women's 3m springboard synchro, Chinese Wang Han paired with Shi Tingmao. Shi has won numerous medals at international events since the 2010 Asian Games and triumphed once more in Sagamihara, with a total of 330.00 points.

While Canada's pair Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini Beaulieu performed strong to earn silver in 302.97, Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith of Australia ranked third in 301.83.

"I am very happy and satisfied with this result. We had some small mistakes, but the last three dives were pretty good. I will keep working hard for the women's 3m individual event", Shi said.

China's Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi also appeared in excellent shape, winning the gold medal in the men's 3m synchro springboard in 446.82. It was Cao's second gold medal of the day.

The silver medal went to Mexico's Jahir Ocampo and Rommel Pacheco, who concluded the final in 427.86. 

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