China enjoy gold rush on Day 1 of FINA Diving World Series

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Cao Yuan (R)/Xie Siyi of China compete during the men's 3m synchronised springboard final of the FINA Diving World Series 2019 at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2019. (Xinhua/Xu Zijian)

China dominated the first day of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series 2019 as the hosts divers took four synchro titles on offer while Olympic champion Cao Yuan became the first double winner in Beijing on Thursday.

Cao Yuan/Chen Aisen of China topped the men's 10m synchro platform as they scored 494.55, beating Aleksandr Bondar/Viktor Minibaev of Russia (425.67) and Domonic Bedggood/Declan Stacey of Australia (411.00). Thomas Daley/Matthew Lee of Great Britain finished fourth (400.86).

Two time Olympic champion Cao in the 10m platform synchro in London 2012 and the 3m springboard in Rio 2016, continued his streak in the dual-track and won two titles in the two synchro platform and springboard event as well as a silver medal in the men's 3m springboard.

Cao stood on top of the podium of the 3m springboard synchro later in the evening session with Xie Siyi, winning 469.08 points, well ahead of the runner-ups Jahir Ocampo /Rommel Pacheco of Mexico (413.61) and Philippe Gagne/Francois Imbeau-Dulac of Canada (399.48).

Daniel Goodfellow/Jack Laugher of Great Britain placed second after five dives but made a big mistake in their last dive, 109C, and received 0 point for that.

Zhang Jiaqi, gold medallists in last year's World Cup, claimed victory in her trademark event, the 10m synchro platform. She won with 354.06 points. Kim A Rim/Kim Mi Rae of DPR Korea came second (325.80) and Meaghan Benfeito/Caeli Mckay of Canada third in 313.44, respectively.

Shi Tingmao/Wang Han ruled the women's 3m springboard (339.30) and Maddison Keeney/Anabelle Smith of Australia took silver (300.93), while Grace Reid/Katherine Torrance of Britain closed the podium.

A total of 78 elite divers from 14 countries are taking part in the second leg of the Diving World Series 2019 which is running until Saturday March 9.

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