China strike gold, Da­ley’s grab sil­ver

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Li Zheng and Wang Han held off Bri­tain’s Grace Reid and Tom Da­ley to earn China’s eighth div­ing gold of the world aquatic cham­pi­onships in yes­ter­day’s 3m syn­chro spring­board fi­nal. China’s Li and Wang took gold with 323.70 points af­ter a bat­tle with the Bri­tish pair who led af­ter the first and third rounds, but set­tled for sil­ver with 308.04 pts. Chi­nese divers have now won eight of the ten div­ing events in Bu­dapest with only the men’s 10m plat­form yes­ter­day evening-where Bri­tain’s Da­ley com­petes again-to come. Canada’s duo Jennifer Abel and Fran­cois Im­beau-Du­lac took bronze with 297.72 pts. Wang, who de­fended the world ti­tle she won two years ago with a dif­fer­ent part­ner, and Li were only joint fourth af­ter the first round. How­ever, their near-im­mac­u­late dives saw them lead af­ter each of the last three rounds and claimed vic­tory in the fifth with two half som­er­saults with a twist pike.

Da­ley, 23, who won the 10m plat­form gold at the 2009 world cham­pi­onships, hugged the sob­bing Reid when their fi­nal dive, a three-and-a-half som­er­saults pike, gave them sil­ver ahead of Canada. —AFP

BU­DAPEST: Bri­tain’s Thomas Da­ley, left and Grace Reid look at the score­board af­ter their per­for­mance at the mixed 3m syn­chro spring­board div­ing fi­nal at the 17th FINA World Cham­pi­onships 2017 in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, yes­ter­day. —AP

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