NANJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Diver Zhou Luxin reined the tower here
on Sunday, helping powerhouse China to draw the curtain of the third leg of
the Diving World Series with another clean sweep of gold.
China had bagged all the 16 during the first two
legs of the Diving World Series.
In the last event on Sunday, the 19-year-old Zhou
Luxin and his16-year-old teammate Lin Yue brought a furious showdown in the
men's ten-meter platform final.
The World Championships runner-up Zhou nailed three
spectacular dives to earn three high scores above 100 points. Lin chased tightly
in the last three rounds, but failed to hold back Zhou to win at 582.40 points.
"I didn't care Lin's performance during the
competition, but concentrated on each of my dives," said Zhou, "I believe the
biggest rival is myself."
Lin, who won the bronze medalist in the event at
Melbourne World Championships, trailed at 575.70 points. The other two finalists
Dmitry Dobroskok from Russian and Jose Guerra of Cuba were more than 100 points
behind the Chinese aces.
Russian world champion Gleb Galperin missed the event
at Nanjing due to injury.
Earlier, neither Yuliya Pakhalina nor Wu Minxia
managed to dethrone diving queen Guo Jingjing in the women's 3-meter
As the reigning Olympic champion and four-time world
title winner, Guo executed her five dives well enough to collect 413.60 points,
leading teammate Wu with a big margin of 30.50 points.
Russia veteran Pakhalina finished third at 332.30
"The three-leg diving meet finally ended," said Guo,
who bagged both the individual and synchronized golds in the springboard at the
inaugural World Series.
"It's hard to keep in form in the three-week
competitions and I' m happy to perform normally under such circumstances," said
the25-year-old diving star.
World champions Qin Kai and Wang Feng
unsurprisingly claimed their third consecutive victory in the men's three-meter
springboard synchronized event at the World Series.
The Chinese pair led the squad of five duos at 471.45
points, followed by Erick Fornaris/Jorge Beta court from Cuba and Canadian
Arturo Miranda/Alexandre Despatie at 424.68 and 411.06 points respectively.
Wang Xin and Chen Ruolin were crowned in the women's
ten-meter platform synchronized event with a total score of 353.46 points.
Australian pair Melissa Wu and Briony Cole followed
at 340.56 points. Canadian veteran Emilie Heymans and her partner Marie-Eve
Marleau got the third placing at 339.90 points.
The 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 events.
Several divers missed the world-class events due to
injury or tiredness while Russian legend Dmitry Sautin withdrew from the last
leg competition in the last minute because of back injury.