Diving: China win ninth 3m springboard synchro gold

Diving: China win ninth 3m springboard synchro gold

China's Chang Yani and Shi Tingmao pose with their gold medal for the women's 3m springboard synchro final. (AFP/FERENC ISZA)

BUDAPEST: World champion and Olympic title holder Shi Tingmao with partner Chang Yani won China's ninth gold in a row in the women's 3-metre springboard synchro competition at the world aquatics championships in Budapest on Monday.

"Of course I am very happy to defend my title in this event, and being able to reach it with a new partner," said Shi who scored 333.30 points together with 15-year-old partner Chang.

"I really wanted to see (Chang) as a world champion, I tried to help her, because I saw her being stressed, but fortunately we put up a good performance," she said.

Canada's Melissa Citrini Beaulieu and Jennifer Abel came second with 323.43 points in their first year as a team.

Abel's silver made her the first non-Chinese diver to claim a medal in this event at four consecutive world meets.

"If we can manage (to stay together), we still have the chance to progress and earn additional medals for sure," Abel said.

In third with 312.60 points were Kristina Ilinykh and Nadezhda Bazhina from Russia, the last country apart from China to win gold at the event, when it debuted at the world championships in 1998.

In the men's synchronised 10m platform, Chinese duo Chen Aisen and Yang Hao scored perfect 10s in the six-dive final to clinch gold.

The duo earned 498.48 points, well ahead of Russian pair Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev on 458.85 points.

The title, China's fifth diving gold so far in Budapest from seven events, was the 21-year-old Chen's second world 10m synchro gold.

"We are glad to win with this new formation. There were strong pairs, so we should be delighted with this result," said Chen, who switched partner to Yang, 19, after winning gold in Rio last year with Lin Yue.

The 2013 world champions from Germany, Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein, who finished second behind the Chinese duo at all four FINA World Series meets this season, came third (440.82).

Britons Thomas Daley and Daniel Goodfellow, Olympic bronze medallists in Rio, finished fourth (418.02).

Source: AFP/de