China flexed its diving muscles once again racking up two more
gold medals at the World Swimming Championships while Russia added
to its gold haul with Vladimir Dyatchin winning the 10km open water
Luo Yutong, training since the age of seven, claimed the men's
1m springboard crown and 14-year-old rookie Wang Xin completed a
bright day for China's next generation of athletes when she grabbed
the women's 10m platform title to make it four-out-of four diving
golds for China. This maintains China's quest for a clean sweep of
all 10 diving medals.
Despite this success, Russia still tops the medal table with six
golds to China's four thanks to the Russian women clinching the
team technical synchronized swimming title.
Luo racked up a huge 477.40 points to overshadow compatriot He
Chong who earned the silver and Christopher Sacchin of Italy who
won bronze, but felt he could have done better.
"I didn't perform very well but also didn't perform very bad. I
performed as usual," he said. "It's my first time (at a world
championship) and I was pretty nervous. Next time I will be even
Teammate He blamed a loss of concentration and aims to regroup
during the 3m springboard today, in which he is the world number
"I wanted to win, but I couldn't concentrate well. My teammate
did very well, but I didn't do the best for myself," he said.
Luo Yutong (M), He Chong
(R) and Christopher Sacchin
The petite Wang, only 14, proved she will be reckoned during the
Olympics with another upset win over compatriot Chen Ruolin.
Chen, also 14, was the favorite but Wang shocked her back in
December by whisking away the Asian Games title and did it again
here after Chen dominated the preliminaries and semifinals.
Wang amassed 432.85 points to Chen's 410.30, with Germany's
Christin Steuer a distant third on 361.80.
The victory also meant China reclaimed a title it had not lifted
during the last two world championships.
Having already claimed the 3m men's synchronized gold and the
women's 10m platform synchronized title, China looks well-set to
claim all the diving gold medals on offer.
Wang Xin (M), Chen Ruolin
(R) and Christin Steuer
Meanwhile, in Port Phillip Bay, Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia held
off a charging Thomas Lurz of Germany to win the 10km open water
title in a photo finish as "massive" jellyfish again took their
Dyatchin, who retired back in 2004 but returned upon discovering
the 10km race would be an Olympic event in Beijing next year, held
his nerve to pip Lurz by just 0.06 of a second.
In contrast to the choppy women's event on Tuesday, the weather
conditions were calm but jellyfish remained an issue for the
"It's definitely not fun at all. They are just massive
creatures, extra-extra large," said Lurz.
Dyatchin, whose body bears the scars of a car accident, said the
race had not gone to plan and had given him tightest finish
"The race didn't go the way I wanted. I'm used to winning
comfortably," he said. "It was such a tight finish, but I could see
that I won. It was also very physical. They've put in the big
turning buoys which are inconvenient. While you go around, you get
hit and there's lots of contact. My goggles came off twice and I
had to stop to fix them."
Lurz, who won the 5km title on Sunday, revealed he had started
his final sprint too late, costing him the race.
"It was so close, just one thousandth of a second. But that's
luck and bad luck at the same time. Next year (at the Olympics) I'll be lucky," he said.
Russia, meanwhile, claimed their fourth successive synchronized
swimming gold of the championships, taking the team technical
Their eight-woman team totaled 99.000 points with Japan second
and Spain third. China just missed out on the podium, coming in
(China Daily March 22, 2007)