Diving: China Tops Podium At World Cup

China led all nations by winning six out of the eight events at the 2016 Diving World Cup. The top four not yet qualified nations in the synchronized diving events along with any non-qualified athletes which have made the top 18 in the individual events qualified their nation to the Olympics, provided they have not exceeded the nation limit of two. The Diving World Cup was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from February 19th to February 24th 2016.

China led all nations during the preliminary round in the women’s synchronized 10m platform. Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia produced the best dives in each of the five rounds. The same was seen during the final as the pair won with a 25.14 lead at 344.04 points. China had already earned a spot at the Olympics meaning the four spots went to Malaysia, Great Britain, United States and Mexico. As a reminder Mexico is still suspended by FINA and should the suspension not get lifted it is believe that athletes which have qualified in diving, swimming and synchronized swimming will compete under the Olympic banner.

In the preliminary round of the men’s synchronized 3m springboard it was China’s Cao Yuan and Qin Kai which led the pack. The final took an interesting turn after the third dive where a major mistake by Cao and Qin pushed them down to fifth. For the rest of the final China was playing catch-up while Mexico, Great Britain and Germany attempted to outdo each other. In the end China was unable to catch-up as they finished in second while both Mexico and Great Britain had a poor final dive leaving Germany’s Stephan Feck and Patrick Hausding as the gold medalists. The four nations which grabbed their spots to the Olympics were Germany, Mexico, Italy and the United States.

China’s Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia did just enough to finish on top of the women’s synchronized 3m springboard ahead of Italy during the preliminaries. The Chinese pair would have a more impressive performance in the final as they finished 27.33 points ahead of Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware to win the gold medal. Since both nations already qualified to the Olympics the four quotas went to Italy, Malaysia, Great Britain and Germany.

The preliminary round of the men’s synchronized 10m platform began as a close match between China’s Chen Aisen and Lin Yue and Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein, but a poor fourth dive by Chen and Lin gave Germany the easy victory. Chen and Lin would recover from this loss in the final and held the lead from start to finish, winning the gold medal over Germany. The four quotas went to Germany, Great Britain, the United States and Ukraine.

Going into the individual events, the preliminary round of the women’s 10m platform was won by Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia whom did just enough to finish ahead of her Chinese rivals. The semi-final was won by Si Yajie of China whose final dive was just good enough to finish ahead of her compatriot Ren Qian. Ren Qian wouldn’t make the same mistake in the final as she put together one of the best strings of dives ever seen scoring 454.65 where 477 would have been completely perfect. Si Yajie won the silver medal while Melissa Wu of Australia won the bronze.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the women’s 10m platform gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan (2), Mexico, Russia and the United States.

In the men’s 3m springboard a couple of mistakes by China’s He Chao gave the opportunity for France’s Matthieu Rosset to take the top spot during the preliminary round. He Chao would recover and win the semi-final round, but more mistakes in the final ultimately had him finish in sixth place. The winner of the event was suspended Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco whom finished over 45 points ahead of surprise silver medalist Yona Knight-Wisdom of Jamaica.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the men’s 3m springboard gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy (2), Jamaica, Japan, Mexico and the United States (2).

Italy’s Tania Cagnotto had a strong final two dives in order to finish first in the preliminary round of the women’s 3m springboard event. Cagnotto would be pushed to fourth place in the semi-finals as Shi Tingmao of China led for the entire round. In the final Shi would continue her performance to win the gold medal ahead of her compatriot He Zi.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the women’s 3m springboard gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico (2), Netherlands, Russia and the United States.

In the men’s 10m platform it was three time world champion Qiu Bo whom led all athletes in the preliminaries. He would continue this performance in both the semi-finals and finals to win the gold medal with 557.75 points. The silver medal went to his compatriot Chen Aisen and United States’ David Dinsmore.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the men’s 10m platform gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Canada, Colombia (2), Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United States and Venezuela (2).

While this is the final qualification event for diving more athletes will be added as additional divers. Depending on the amount of overlap between divers in the synchronization and individual events more divers will be added to ensure that 68 male and 68 female divers are present, with a preference of 34 for each height. We won’t officially know who made it until other nations begin to announce their diving team, but historically the first few divers which missed the semi-finals are very likely to be qualified. An updated list will be provided once this is known.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • United States – 8
  • Great Britain – 6
  • Mexico – 6
  • Germany – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Brazil – 3
  • Canada – 3
  • Colombia – 3
  • Japan – 3
  • Malaysia – 3
  • Russia – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Ireland – 1
  • Jamaica – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • South Korea – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

 

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