Chinese divers dominate World Aquatics Diving World Cup in Xi’an with four gold medals, Australia claims one

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Quan Hongchan (R)/Chen Yuxi of China compete during the women's 10m synchronised final at the World Acquatics Diving World Cup 2024 Super Final Stop 1 in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, April 19, 2024. (Xinhua/Zhang Bowen)

20th April 2024 – (Xi’an) Chinese divers made a stunning start to the World Aquatics Diving World Cup 2024 Super Final, captivating 4,717 spectators as they dominated four out of five events on the opening day. The competition, held in Xi’an, witnessed exceptional performances from Olympic champions Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan, who showcased their mastery in the women’s 10m platform event, earning an impressive 364.86 points. Canadian divers Caeli Mckay and Kate Miller secured the silver medal with 296.10 points, while Kseniia Bailo and Sofiia Lyskun from Ukraine claimed the bronze with 294.42 points.

Chen expressed her gratitude for the overwhelming support from the fans, stating, “We didn’t expect such a large turnout of fans to watch our competition. We’re thrilled and grateful for their support.” Quan, known for her victory in the women’s 10m platform at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, also expressed her admiration for the tournament mascot, Tang Niu, a chubby girl figure inspired by the Terracotta women of the Tang Dynasty.

In other events, Chinese divers Yang Hao and Lian Junjie clinched the title in the men’s 10m platform synchro, while Wang Zongyuan and Long Daoyi secured gold in the men’s 3m springboard synchro. The Chinese team further dominated the mixed team event, showcasing their overall excellence.

Thomas Daley of Britain, a seasoned diver, commended the enthusiastic Chinese audience and expressed satisfaction with their performance in the men’s 10m platform synchro event. He mentioned their consistent dives and looked forward to the upcoming Paris Olympic Games.

Australia’s Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith emerged victorious in the women’s 3m springboard synchro, narrowly defeating the American duo of Sarah Bacon and Kassidy Cook by a mere 0.60 points. Keeney expressed their delight at receiving the Tang Niu mascot, considering it the best one they had received so far.