Review: Diving, 3 m Springboard Men
Siyi Xie from China claimed the gold in Men's 3 m Springboard, diving at the 17th FINA World Championships. Patrick Hausding of France finished second, while Ilya Zacharov, representing Russia took the third place.
Chinese divers have now won this event a record seven times. They are surpassing United States (six gold) to become outright on top of the medal table. China won the last six editions of the men's 3m springboard at the World Championships, the shared-longest streak ever with the United States (first six).
"I am really happy I have not worked up this feeling yet. I have not paid attention to the exact position I had during the attempts I just tried to focus on the dives and kept working hard from the first moments till the last duck.I was not really satisfied with my jump executions during the semi-finals, but I'm glad that I can be proud of my performance in the finals" - said world champion, Xie.
Patrick Hausding (GER) claimed silver from Germany, the first medal for Germany in this event since Albin Killat claimed bronze in 1991.
"It is incredible I have not realised it yet, this medal is very special after the last season in which I was not that successful. I was really down and to come back like this is a fairytale. Five events, two medals, three top five positions, it is much more than I expected. I had a good start in 1 m, I knew I could do all my best during the championships and cherry on top, win a silver medal in 3 m individual was not my plan at all. I would have been glad with the top six, but second place is amazing. Budapest is my city, all my dreams have come through here. I was diving pretty fine at the European Championship, 2010, moreover this event is simply fantastic. I will have a longer rest now, I am quite exhausted after these crowded days, I hope I will not get sick" - said the silver medallist German.
Ilya Zakharov (RUS) claimed bronze after grabbing the silver medal in both 2015 and 2011. Zakharov became the diver with most medals (3) in this event at the World Championships without winning it.
I knew that my last dive is the most important, that was the only thing I focused on because I wanted to get 100 points. Even though it couldn't happen, I feel only a little disappointment, I am quite happy all together. My favourite medal is still my Olimpic gold, but this is my first bronze, so I am glad that I have the whole collection now. The atmosphere is fantastic among the team and I have to thank this success my coaches also, I get full support from them" - Zacharov said.
1. XIE Siyi, CHN (547,10)
2. HAUSDING Hausding, GER (526,15)
3. ZACHAROV Ilya, RUS (505,90)