Anna Kozina, FINA Media Committee Member

On the third day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Penza (RUS), the Girls A 3m springboard final was almost a copy of the 1m springboard event that took place on Day 2. From the beginning of the evening session, China’s Wu Chunting, Russia’s Maria Polyakova and Australia’s Maddison Keeney were on top of the ranking.But Keeney probably had a stronger desire to gain revenge. On the lower board, the Australian hopeful pulled herself back from first to third position after she had missed her last dive. This time, she went down to fifth place after a poor third attempt. And she was not able to improve the situation.The medallists in the Girls A 3m springboard - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

Wu Chunting was the front runner from the start and finished with a high scoring dive (75 points) to get a total of 488.20. Maria Polyakova missed her second dive but then maintained her position and won silver, totalling 457.20. Dolorez Hernandez from Mexico took the bronze (450.35).

On winning her second silver medal, Polyakova said: “It was easier to
compete today because I knew my rivals. I had no fear. It was also very
important for me to remain consistent throughout the final and to follow
up my success. Now I know that my first medal was not a lucky accident.
I’m happy I performed my training level. Of course, I want to be on top
of the podium. But I realise that I have to work hard to achieve my
goal”.


Andreas Larsen (DEN) - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

Russia increased its silver collection after Boys B 1m springboard. However, in this event, the home team had a real chance to obtain the first victory. Nikita Nikolayev took the lead in the final but in the last dive (the advantage of the Russian athlete at that stage was only 0.05 points) he was beaten by his opponent and runner-up from Denmark. Andreas Sarg Larsen claimed gold with a total of 430.50. Nikolayev finished second (421.75).

On Nikita’s performance, his coach Lubov Nemchinova said:
“I was so nervous. You know it could be more comfortable for me to dive
myself than to watch my sportsman. Nikita did well, but Andreas did
better. That’s sport”.

Meanwhile this was not the only disappointment of the thrilling final. German Patrick Kreisel, who was going to grab a bronze medal, slipped on the springboard in his last attempt and fell down in the pool. After that annoying incident, Ross Todd from Australia placed third, scoring 392.90.


Medallists in the Boys B 1m springboard with the mascot of the Championships - Photo credit: Andrey Demin

Results
Girls А, 3m springboard

1. Wu Chunting (CHN), 488.20
2. Maria Polyakova (RUS), 457,20
3. Dolores Hernandez (MEX), 450.35
 
Boys B, 1m springboard
1. Andreas Sargent Larsen (DEN), 430.50
2. Nikita Nikolayev (RUS), 421.75
3. Ross Todd (AUS), 392.90