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FINA Worlds 2015: Day 3 preview

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26.07.2015, 07:00 Official events
Another competition day of the FINA World Championships will feature three medal events in two aquatic disciplines. Heated struggles will unfold in the pools of the Kazan Arena Stadium and Aquatics Palace.

The men’s synchronised 10m platform preliminaries will be held in the morning with the final taking place in the evening. In the afternoon spectators will see some action in the women’s 1m springboard preliminary round. 39 divers in total will fight for the spot in the final. China’s He Zi leads the pack of favourites in the upcoming event. The day before the competition she said to the OC’s Press Office that she is aiming only for victory: “I have absolutely no intention of giving up the title. This is my major motivation.” Shi Tingmao is another Chinese diver that has already gone down in the history of the 16th FINA World Championships as the gold medallist in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard. Her rivals will have to break some sweat.

The Russian fans put their high hopes on Maria Polyakova and Nadezhda Bazhina. The Italian favourite, 15-time European champion Tania Cagnotto, placed fifth in the women’s synchronised 3m springboard but given how well her first performance went the female synchro swimmer is likely to show her full potential today. Moreover, spectators will have the last opportunity to witness the mastery of the 7-time world champion: “It’s my last World Championships and all I want is to enjoy participating in it. I will compete in the individual 1m and 3m springboard and synchronised 3m springboard events,” she said upon arrival at the Kazan International Airport a few days ago.

Another strong challenge will come from the bronze medallist of yesterday’s synchronised 3m springboard event, Esther Qin of Australia. Bearing in mind her previous mistakes, she’s likely to learn her lesson and do everything possible to finish on the top.

US diver David Boudia is expected to become a highlight of the upcoming men’s 10m platform. Despite his tight training schedule, he finds some time to spend with his 10-month-old daughter. His main priority in Kazan is to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Getting more mature with each passing year, he focuses on the process of winning the medals rather than on the glory around them.

Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein, who claimed silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are an example of collaborative work of two talented independent athletes. By the way, Hausding admitted that his heart fills with joy when other nations can beat China in diving events. Strong competition will also come from Domonic Bedggood, who together with his partner, Melissa Wu, managed to grab bronze in the mixed synchronised 10m platform. Viktor Minibaev of Russia, who was close on the German duet’s heels at the previous World Championships, has teamed up with Roman Izmailov for the Championships in Kazan. The duet will show a standard set of dives that they’ve already performed before.

A preliminary round of the water polo tournament will be held for the entire day (from 9:30 to 22:35) at the Water Polo Arena in Kazan. Eight matches will be played. The tournament hosts will face Team France while the US team, the defending Olympic champions, will play against Brazil.

The second set of medals will be contested in the women’s duet technical programme with the preliminaries being held in the morning. Just like at all the other Olympic Games, Russia’s main rivals in this tussle are Spain and China. Some action will be also witnessed in the free combination preliminary round. And the final medal event of the day, mixed duet technical routine final, will see six pairs to compete for a top podium spot. Bill May, the first man in the USA’s synchro history to win a national title, is one of the major gold medal contenders in this event. Russia’s Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova will try to meet the challenge and take the first-ever mixed duet synchro swimming gold. 

Press Office of Organising Committee for 16th FINA World Championships