China secures diving sweep at Worlds
The Manila Times
BUDAPEST: China wrapped up a clean sweep of diving gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships on Sunday (Monday in Manila) as Yang Jian successfully defended his 10m platform title in Budapest. The 28-year-old, who also won Olympic silver in Tokyo last year, finished with a total of 515.55 points, beating Japanese 15-yearold Rikuto Tamai by 27.55 points. That gave China a 13th diving gold medal of the championships from as many events. Yang Jian’s compatriot Yang Hao took bronze with 485.45 points. Earlier, Olympic champions Chen Yiwen and Chang Yani won the women’s 3m synchronized event. Chen grabbed her second gold two days after winning Friday’s 3m springboard. The 23-year-old also won gold in that event in Tokyo last year. On Sunday, the Chinese pair scored 343.14 points to finish clear of Japan’s Sayaka Mikami and Rin Kaneto. Keeney Maddison and Anabelle Smith from Australia were third. The two-week championships ended as Spain won the men’s water polo title for the third time with a penalty shoot-out victory over Italy following a 9-9 draw. The United States finished with the most total medals but was level with China on 18 golds. Italy finished third.