The elimination of 2017 European champion Illya Kvasha can be considered as the biggest surprise in 1m springboard on the first day of 17th FINA World Championships. The Ukrainian gold medallist made a mistake in the second round, therefore he finished at the 16th place.
As it was expected Chinese Janfeng Peng and 3m springboard title holder Chao He claimed the best two results. The British and the American diving team will be also represented by two competitors in the final: Ross Haslam and James Heatly, Mike Hixon and Steele Johnson. 2016 European champion Italian Giovanni Tocci was the best European in the preliminary, he qualified as 3rd to the final, German Patrick Hausding showed also consistence performance and claimed 4th place.
American Mike Hixon produced a fantastic comeback, he was only 49th after the first round, but he improved round by round and finally qualified as 5th.
Russian Nikita Shleikher and Korean Haram Woo had lack of fortune, they both missed the Sunday final by only 0.1 point.
As of the Hungarian divers Botond Bóta finished 44th, Ábel Ligárt 49th place at the 17th FINA World Championships.
In the women’s 1m springboard, after the world and European champion Italian Tania Cagnotto’s retirement, an open fight was expected. Although the big favourites were the Chinese divers in this event, Australian Maddison Keeney qualified as first into the Saturday’s final by 283.80 points. The Chinese Chen Yiwen finished second and Malaysian Cheong Juan Hoong third. The Russian Nadezhda Bazhina, who won bronze medal at the 2016 European Championships also reached the final at 10th place. The second placed Italian diver of the 2016 European Championships, Elena Bertocchi qualified as 4th, she became the best European of the preliminary. Keeney’s first place cannot be considered as big surprise, since she won bronze medal at Rio Olympics in the women’s 3 m synchro springboard. 18 year-old Chen Yiwen achieved some good results this year, she won at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in San Juan in women’s 3m springboard. The World Junior champion Katherine Torrance is one of the most promising divers of Great Britain, now she finished 8th in the preliminary on the first day of the 17th FINA World Championships.