The 2019 season has come to an end for the best divers in the world with the conclusion of the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Singapore, from November 22-24. After the ninth-leg event, China and Italy shared the honours in the overall ranking of the individual events of the competition.
In the men’s 3m springboard, Lorenzo Marsaglia (ITA) was the best in 2019, with a total of 101 points. He was followed by Colombian talent Daniel Restrepo Garcia, with 97, and by China’s Tai Xiaohu, with 95. In the women’s side, Noemi Batki, also from Italy, led operations in the 10m platform (105 points), while for the second overall place Maria Kurjo (GER) and Celina Toth (CAN) both accumulated 103 points.
China’s dominance was confirmed in the men’s 10m platform, with Yuan Song finishing first with 106 points. Puerto Rico’s Rafael Quintero (95) and Mexico’s Jose Diego Balleza (88) completed the leading trio in the event. In the lower board, Wei Ying (111 points) and Ma Tong (102) dominated in the women’s category, and were followed by Alysha Koloi (AUS, 87) in the third position.
In the final leg of the circuit in Singapore, representatives of the Asian powerhouse earned gold in all individual events, adding three more titles in synchro action.
Among men, Tai Xiaohu controlled operations in the 3m springboard, while his teammate Duan Yu was in the best in the 10m platform (he also won the synchro event, with teammate Wang Zewei). In the 3m springboard synchro, the Chinese pair Tai Xiaohu/Zhang Chao was leading until the last dive, but a shaky forward 4 ½ somersaults in the final round allowed the French duet Gwendal Bisch/Alexis Jandard to take gold in 406.38.
In the women’s events, China got the four titles on offer, with Huang Xiaohui and Tang Yixuan prevailing in the 3m and 10m, respectively. Both divers were also part of the winning duets in the synchro finals.
Switzerland (3m synchro) and Mexico (10m synchro) were the two other countries with gold medals in the Singaporean rendezvous, competing in the two mixed finals in the programme.
Great Britain, Japan, Puerto Rico, Russia and Ukraine completed the list of nations with podium presences in the last meet of the season.
The 2019 FINA Diving Grand Prix kicked-off on February 14 in Rostock (GER) and touched the five continents, with its subsequent legs being staged in Calgary (CAN), Mission Viejo (USA), Madrid (ESP), Bolzano (ITA), Cairo (EGY), Gold Coast (AUS), Kuala Lumpur (MAS), and finally Singapore (SGP).
2019 FINA DIVING GRAND PRIX TOP-3 RANKING
3m springboard: 1. Lorenzo Marsaglia (ITA) 101 points; 2. Daniel Restrepo Garcia (COL) 97 pts; 3. Tai Xiaohui (CHN) 95 pts
10m platform: 1. Yuan Song (CHN) 106 points; 2. Rafael Quintero Diaz (PUR) 95 pts; 3. Jose Diego Balleza (MEX) 88 pts
3m springboard: 1. Wei Ying (CHN) 111 points; 2. Ma Tong (CHN) 102 pts; 3. Alysha Koloi (AUS) 87 pts
10m platform: 1. Noemi Batki (ITA) 105 points; 2. Maria Kurjo (GER) 103 pts; 2. Celina Toth (CAN) 103 pts.