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Diving Grand Prix wraps up in Rostock (GER); good medal hauls for China and Germany

Patrick Hausding

The second leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2009 took place over the weekend (February 27-March 1) in Rostock (GER). Most of the medals on offer went to divers from the Chinese delegation, which collectively earned four golds, four silvers and two bronzes, but the home team also fared well, winning a total of six medals, two of each colour. The teams from Malaysia, Russia, Canada, Ukraine and Netherlands also had athletes on the podium. Seventy-six divers from nineteen nations were at the event.

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02Mar2009

Portrait of a Master: Beth Eldridge (USA)

National Masters swimming champion Beth Eldridge (USA) has a moving story to tell about how love and devotion to a sport can literally save your life. She recovered from extreme treatments for successive brain tumours without ceasing to practice, compete and coach swimming; a lifestyle choice she believes allowed her to overcome her illness.Getting hooked on Masters In 1992, immediately after Eldridge (USA) completed her college swimming career, she started coaching age-group kids in South Dakota. But it wasn’t long before she missed competing herself and started swimming in the open lanes at the age group meets. Eventually, when she heard about Masters swimming she started a team in Idaho in 1997. Two years later she competed at the national championships (50m) in Minneapolis in 1999 while completing a Graduate degree in Exercise Science.

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27Feb2009

European World League prelims continue with wins for Spain, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro

Felipe Perrone

The second round of games within the European groups of the men's FINA Water Polo World League took place yesterday (February 17, 2009) in four countries. In Group 1 (Serbia, Greece, France) Greece defeated France with a score of 16-6, in Group 2 (Montenegro, Italy, Romania) Montenegro beat Romania 13-7, and from Group 3 (Spain, Croatia, Russia, Germany) the winners were Spain over Russia with a score of 14-13 and Croatia over Germany 13-7.

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18Feb2009

Zhang Xinhua beats world champion Qin to win men's 3m springboard

Though Olympic champion He Chong and runner-up Alex Despartie of Canada were absent, Zhang Xinhua performed a world-class routine on the men's 3m springboard to beat Olympic bronze medallist Qin Kai at the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix on Sunday, February 15.
Zhang, winner of the 1m, 3m synchro and team event a the 24th University Games in 2007, led the final from his first dive and never left any chance to other rivals, winning the title in his personal best 542.10 points.
Zhang, who retained the men's 3m springboard synchro together with Qin on Feb. 14, said: "I played my best today. In fact, I had a feeling that I can win the gold even before the final took place."

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15Feb2009

Zhou Luxin crowned on men’s 10m platform in Shenzhen (CHN)

Despite being the only member of the Chinese team who attended the Beijing Olympic Games without earning a gold medal, Zhou Luxin proved he is still one of the best on the men's 10m platform after he claimed victory at the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix here on Saturday, February 14.
Leading through the preliminary and semi final, Zhou dominated the finals most of the time with seven 10-point scores in six dives, winning the title in 573.50 points.
Lin Yue from China, synchro platform champion at the Olympic Games, came second in 529.70. The Russian Minibaev Victor scored a day-high 106.40 for his last dive and 508.20 in total.
 

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15Feb2009

Main results of Day 3 from of the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix in Shenzhen (CHN)

The following are the main final results from the third day of the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix on Sunday, February 15: Men's 3m springboard: 1. Zhang Xinhua, China, 542.10 points; 2. Qin Kai, China, 530.80; 3. Aleksandr Dobroskok, Russia, 478.40; 4. Ken Nee Yeoh, Malaysia, 472.80; 5. Sergey Nazin, Russia, 453.90; 6. Chola Chanturia, Georgia, 406.30.

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14Feb2009

Main results from Day 2 of the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix in Shenzhen (CHN)

The following are the main final results from Day 2 of the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix in Shenzhen (CHN) on Saturday, February 14:
Men's 3m springboard synchronised: 1. Qin Kai/Zhang Xinhua, China, 457.08 points; 2. Tang Shaoyun/Xu Chengliang, China, 455.22; 3. Roslan Rossharisham/Ken Nee Yeoh, Malaysia, 410.89; 4. Aleksandr Dobroskok/Sergey Nazin, Russia, 408.19; 5. shota Korakhashvili/Chola Chanturia, Georgia, 380.34; 6. Chow Ho Wing/Poon Wai Ching, Hong Kong, China, 304.32.

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14Feb2009

Chen Ruolin repeats winning feat at Shenzhen FINA Diving Grand Prix

Like a replay of the Beijing Olympic Games, Chen Ruolin came back from behind in the last round one more time to snatch the women's 10m platform title at the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix in Shenzhen (CHN) on Friday, February 13.
The 16-year-old Chen led through the preliminaries and semifinals, but was placed second behind fellow Kang Li for four points in the final after four dives.
In her fifth and last dive, Chen scored 86.70 points to win the gold medal in 418.20 while Kang had to concede to silver in 415.25.

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13Feb2009

He Zi enjoys home advantage at FINA Diving Grand Prix - Shenzhen / Results from Day 1

As the gold medallist in the women's 1m springboard at the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, He Zi found herself just as comfortable winning at home as she swept the women's 3m springboard synchro gold medal at the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix 2009 on Friday, February 13 in Shenzhen, South China. The 17-year-old He, together with Wang Han, claimed the title in 324.90 points, beating their teammates Fang Min/Hou Yuanyuan into second in 302.40. Mun Yee Leong/Jimie Elizabeth from Malaysia and Sut Ian Choi/Suit Kuan Choi of Macau, China took third and fourth respectively.

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13Feb2009

16 year old Olympic champ Chen Ruolin (CHN) to shine at Shenzhen FINA Diving Grand Prix stop

Spearheaded by Chen Ruolin, double Olympic champion in the women's 10m platform, the world's diving powerhouse China will send five Beijing Olympic gold medallists to compete in the 15th FINA Diving Grand Prix 2009 in Shenzhen from February 13-15.About 47 divers, including those from Georgia, Malaysia, Russia, Hong Kong of China, Macau of China and host China are billed to show up at the eight-event meet, which includes men's and women's 3m springboard, synchronised 3m springboard, 10m platform and the synchronised platform.

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13Feb2009

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