Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri put on a master class and won his second gold medal in the world championships. There was a photo finish in the women’s event and Dutch Olympic gold medallist Sharon van Rouwendaal took first, even beating Ana Marcela Cunha who came third. China showed a dominating performance at the Budapest Diving Olympic Games with Quan Hongchan and Bai Yuming winning in the 3m and 10m mixed event and Li Yajie coming from behind for the women’s 1m springboard title. Zhu Zifeng and Lin Shan never looked back to seal the mixed 3m synchro gold.
In the morning, the diving events are coming to a close. There have been a lot of great divers already, and many medals have been won. China has proven themselves to be flawless in their performance, with seven out of seven medals. Tomorrow there will be more medals awarded in two events: 10m synchro for women and 1m springboard for men.
China won their seventh medal in diving. Pellacani and Santoro had a 65.7 with an inward 2.5 somersault pike and also executed well upon getting into the water. China stacked up tens and nines after Zhu and Lin’s forward 2.5 somersault 1 twist pike which was awarded a deeper 75.6 and put them at ease toward gold in the mixed 3m synchronised event.
Winners: Gold- Zhu Zifeng and Lin Shan (China), Silver- Chiara Pellacani and Matteo Aantoro (Italy), Bronze- James Heatly and Grace Reid (Great Britain).
From 7:30pm-7:59pm, Yi and Kim stay in touch. The two teams from Korea and Italy lose synchronisation, which means they will both be defeated. Zhu and Lin quickly take top spot back from Korea, receiving 52.2 for their reverse dive pike. Zhu and Lin are now 10 points ahead of Korea in the medal race.
6:00 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Li maintains China’s perfect diving record. Vallee’s timing is off and she scores 48.10 for a forward 1.5 somersault 2 twist free dive. She still has hope, but it will take luck to win this from here. Reid gets 58.5 for her clean forward 25 somersault pike dive and Bacon ups the difficulty with a forward 2.5 somersault pike for 57.2 points in finishing 4th place. But Li goes above and beyond, executing a reverse 1.5 somersault 1.5 twist free dive that lands her at 62.4 points and clinching gold, as well as China’s sixth during the Budapest 2018 FINA World Championships in women’s 1m springboard dives
The top three winners in the competition were from China, USA and Canada respectively.
6:07 pm – Vallee is close to winning an impressive gold. A solid but not spectacular back 1.5 somersault pike saw Vallee take her overall score to 51.75 points. Sensible not to push the boat out too much, as she just needs one more decent jump to claim the gold. Pellacani gets one of the biggest cheers of the day with a 58.5 jump! It’s a very controlled forward 2.5 somersault 2 twist free from Bacon and he is in contention for bronze after 58.5 points. Li was on the verge of winning but missed a trick with a massive 69 point free-routine which saw her overall score drop to 224 points (this will be decided by whoever holds their nerve best).
5:10 pm – Li and Bacon in front. Local folk guitarist finished, now time to dive! Women’s 1m springboard has started and Georgia Sheehan of Australia was superb this morning but didn’t find her timing on the back 1.5 somersault pike and got 47.16. The same for GB’s Grace Reid who gets 46.0 for her back 1.5 somersault pike. But there are no problems for USA’s Sarah Bacon and she nails it with the inward 1.5 somersault pike, getting 56.4 points
China won the world title, with Lin Shan and Yang Jian dealing with difficult competition in Gwangju. Malaysia was able to obtain silver despite Liang’s faults. Pamg won 2 medals in Budapest because of her steadfast performance on the 10m platform. Brazilian duo Fogaca and Oliveira finished strong to get bronze.
Gold medal: Quan Hongchan and Bai Yuming (China) – 382 points. Silver medal: Tze Liang Ooi and Pandelela Pamg (Malaysia) – 343.20 points. Bronze medal: Rafael Fogaca and Ingrid Oliveira (Brazil) – 341.50 points
At 3:25pm in Budapest, Gillet and Janard made a good dive that put them at the front of the pack. France’s Gillet and Alexis Jandard have executed two really good dives and now have 218.85 points. The crowd really liked that whether they were French or not.
2:00 pm MEDAL MOMENT: Gregorio Paltrinieri wins 10km open water swimming. Italian distance swimming specialist, who has won his second gold medal of the event at Lupa Beach following his gold in the 1500m freestyle last week. Paltrinieri also means that Italy has its first World’s championship gold medal in the men’s 10km, to Edoardo Stacchiotti with a silver medal, was a great day for Italy in the water.
China has one of the best divers and she will likely have a really good score. She scored 50 in 4 dives and did very well in her last dive.
The winners showed consistency throughout the event, with Emilia Nilsson Garip of Sweden taking second and Sarah Bacon of USA third place on the podium.
FINA 2022 World Championships open water swimming takes place at the pristine Lupa Beach.
Li Yajie has taken the lead with her 2.5 somersault pike that is worth 57.2 points. Because this dive was so high and perfect, it will most likely win Li the championship. However, Bacon made a mistake and scored 44.25 points.
Gold: Sharon Van Rouwendaal (Netherlands) – 2.02.29.20 Silver: Leonie Beck (Germany) – 2:02:29.70 Bronze: Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
In the semi-finals, Ana Marcela Cunha looking to extend her legacy, and Daniele Leveratto of Italy might win. The men’s 10km event features Olympic gold medallist Gregorio Paltrinieri and Florian Wellbrock with a chance to defend his title.
In diving, there are 3 dives that happen today. Starting with mixed 3m and 10m, Pandelela Pamg will be looking to build upon her bronze medal from earlier in the week. China’s Lin Shan is the early favorite in the women’s 1m springboard and in the mixed 3m synchro final where she teams up with Zhu Zifeng.