China takes four synchro golds as Diving World Cup opens in Xi'an

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China swept four synchro golds on offer on the first day of the 2023 Diving World Cup on Friday.

In the women's synchronised 10m platform, Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan, champions in last year's Budapest worlds and Berlin World Cup, collected a winning total of 373.20 points, followed by Andrea Spendolini Sirieix and Lois Toulson of Britain and Christina Wassen and Elena Wassen of Germany.

"I felt excited about competing in front of a full-house crowd, but in fact we did not perform to our best," said 16-year-old Quan, who had won the women's 10m platform at the 2020 Olympic Games.

"We had a good start to the season and give thanks for the crowd's support," said two-time 10m platform world champion Chen.

The British pair said they were happy to set their new personal best in Xi'an.

"I was really happy with how me and Lois did today as it was our third competition together. We did our PB. We enjoyed the competition. It's nice to have spectators and the cheering makes you want to dive and do well," said Commonwealth champion Spendolini Sirieix.

Yang Hao and Lian Junjie claimed the victory in the men's synchronised 10m platform with 457.23 points.

Yang, a Xi'an native, said he was nervous in front of his home crowd and found it difficult to control himself.

"I was touched by the cheers from the crowd to every pair today. It took us some time to adjust ourselves from feeling nervous to enjoying it," Yang said.

Chen Yiwen and Chang Yani took the title in the women's synchronised 3m springboard.

"I always start faster than my partner and I was worried about that before the race. That happened in our second dive. We should be more stable and work harder on our synchronization in training," said Chang.

As a newly-formed pair, Long Daoyi and Wang Zongyuan met no trouble in both individual technique and synchronization on the men's 3m springboard to win in 484.74.

Wang revealed they started to pair up two weeks ago and felt comfortable very quickly. "We matched up with each other on the dives. The only problem was that Long jumped too high at first, which might have pushed me out of pace. Today we performed well and didn't feel nervous at all," said the triple world champion in Budapest.

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