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Wang Han: In the middle of a dive it doesn’t help looking at the score

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R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
02.08.2015, 17:45 Sport
On the closing day of diving competitions at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, yet another Chinese duet – Yang Hao and Wang Han – earned the top podium spot in the 3m springboard event. The Canadian duet took silver, bronze went to the Italian divers.

“I feel so excited because of winning the world champion title for the first time in my life. I would like to thank everyone, especially my partner Wang Han, ‘my little sister’ who is older and more experienced than I am, who has been always there for me so that I've never felt any kind of pressure,” said Yang Hao, the new-born star of the Chinese national team.

“In the middle of the dive it doesn’t help looking at the score because it can directly affect us while executing the dives. We prefer to focus on the dive rather than on the score. We only knew we had won after the last dive. Before that we tried not to look at the scores. After the first round I was feeling like we were losing,” added Wang Han, who also made her debut at the World Championships in Kazan.

“It’s been a great day for us, our individual competitions yesterday left us with mixed feelings. Our last three dives hit the mark. In the future we must continue to work hard to develop our personal skills and to improve our results,” said Canadian silver medallist Francois Imbeau-Dulac.

“Francois gave a great support to me after yesterday’s dive. He knows how to cheer me up. My failure is in the past now. It was hard to get up this morning, but the Canadian team is like a family and when Francois saw I had been crying he was there to calm me down so I could finish the diving,” explained silver medallist Jennifer Abel. The Canadian said she executed a dive with a 3.4 degree of difficulty (her teammate Maddison Keeney also announced the same DD) only in order to make up for her misfortune in the individual event. Jennifer thinks she is strong enough to get it over, though she felt nervous on the springboard. The athlete wanted to finish her last dive of the season with flying colours.

“I’d like to thank my synchro diving partner, Tania. I know how difficult it is to stay focused after winning two medals and being at so many competitions. And I also want to thank Kazan,” Italian diver Maicol Verzotto said.

“I’m really happy with my result. This is the best world championships I’ve ever had. I’m very happy with this medal because I’ve known Maicol for 20 years and we have dived together for a long time. Normally he’s a platform diver, so it’s difficult for him to adapt to the springboard quickly. So I’d like to thank him for the way he performed today,” Tania Cagnotto said with excitement.

The journalists were also interested to know what was the future for mixed duets.

“It’s not easy to find a partner in this discipline because men usually jump higher. So maybe a woman like Jennifer who jumps really high like a man, or a man like Maicol who normally dives from a platform and is new to springboard. But because mixed events in the 3m springboard are still new, it takes away some of the pressure and you can enjoy it more. It may be included to the Olympics,” Cagnotto replied.

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