NANJING, Sep. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese dream team
swept the first four golds here on Saturday at the third and last leg of 2007
FINA Diving World Series. The wins seemed even easier as several top divers were
sidelined for tiredness and injury.
Teenage pair Lin Yue and Huo Liang claimed the
opening gold in the men's ten-meter platform synchronized event at 487.80
points, making three consecutive wins at the inaugural three-leg World Series.
Erick Fornaris and Jose Guerra from Cuba followed the
home pair with 447.12 points. American duet Thomas Finchum and David Boudia
finished third at 427.68 points in the three-pair final.
Duo world champion Qin Kai and his teammate He Chong
made a strong combat in the men's three-meter springboard event.
The 21-year-old Qin led the squad of four until the
fifth round, but was edged by He with a superb last dive.
He, the 2005 world champion in the synchronized
event, excellently executed his trump card 5156B -- forward two and a half
somersault three twist pike, earning a event-high score of 108.3 points.
He took out the gold with a total score of 556.55.
Qin, who won the event at the first two legs of World Series, finished second at
555.45 points. Canadian golden boy Alexandre Despatie was third at 523.30
Russian legend Dmitry Sautin withdrew from the
competitions in the last minute due to back injury.
Ahead of He's triumph, unbeatable diving queen Guo
Jingjing breezily won the women's three-meter springboard synchronized event
with partner Wu Minxia.
The Olympic and three world championships winning
pair collected a total of 352.50 points from five well-performed dives, leaving
Russian pair A. Pozdnyakova and Yuliya Pakhalina fall behind at 327.51 points.
Australian duo Sharleen Stratton and Briony Cole finished third at 313.14
Teenagers Wang Xin and Chen Ruolin also brought a
scorching duel in the women's ten-meter platform as Chen edged world champion
Wang with a 0.95 point advantage.
Chen claimed the last gold on Saturday with 443.50
points, followed by Wang at 432.55 and Mexican Paola Espinosa at 400.85 points.
The other four events including men's ten-meter
platform, men's three-meter springboard synchronized, women's three-meter
springboard and women's ten-meter platform synchronized are going to be held on
The inaugural FINA Diving World Series is reserved
for the cream of the crop in the sport: the top- eight from the World
Championships in the individual events and the top-six in the synchronized
The same elite squad had to rush from England to
Mexico in the past two weeks, then finish their last stop of the circuit at
China bagged home all the 16 golds at the first two
legs of World Series.