FINA World Championships 2019 | As it happened: Day 2

Olympic Channel were on site in Korea as the first medals were handed out at the World Championships.

By ZK Goh and Andrew Binner ·

Olympic Channel are on site at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

The first medals were handed out on Saturday 13 July in three sports, and we were there to bring it to you.

You can re-live all of Saturday's action with our blog below (newest updates first). Come back for daily live blogs throughout the Championships.

You can also catch up with what happened on Friday, 12 July, here.


12 - 28 Jul 2019

FINA World Championships - Gwangju

South Korea

All times below are Korean Standard Time (UTC+9 hours).

10:30 pm – What a day!

Well, that was quite the action-packed day. We had five finals, with China winning three golds, and Russia and Hungary one each.

We hope you've enjoyed our live text coverage of Day 2 in Gwangju. There are another four finals on tap tomorrow, so please do join us again then.

Once more, we leave you with a selection of today's best photos from the 18th FINA World Championships.

Good night!

FINA World Championships Day 2 - the best photos

10:09 pm – China, Great Britain, and Mexico qualify for Tokyo 2020

Mexico are up. Forward 4.5 somersaults, with a 3.8 degree of difficulty. 82.08 for the Mexicans on their final dive. 413.94 total.

The British and Chinese duos know what they have to beat. All three teams have nominated the same dive for their final efforts.

That looked good from the Brits, but was that enough? Yes! 86.64, for a 415.02 total.

Neither the Ukrainians nor Japanese will make the podium here, so everyone will watch Cao and Xie.

That's good. 90.06 for a total of 439.74. A clear 24 points ahead of the Brits.

China take their third gold of the day in the diving pool. Great Britain clinch silver, while Mexico take bronze.

All three teams have secured their countries a spot at Tokyo next year alongside Japan. And Laugher has lofty targets for the Games. You can read about those here.

9:52 pm – Who can handle the heat?

The pressure is on. Big mistake from Great Britain! Goodfellow under-rotates on entry to the pool and his day just isn't getting much better. That drops him and Laugher down the order.

They're down to third with just one dive to go. Cao and Xie, with back 3.5 somersaults, nail their dive with scores above 8 across the board. That'll put them into the lead.

Yahel Castillo and Juan Manuel Celaya of Mexico are second.

9:40 pm – Problems for Korea

An over-rotation on entry into the pool for Korea and they'll fall out of first place after this round.

Great Britain pull off a pretty solid 79.80 dive on a reverse 3.5 somersault, but once more Goodfellow scores slightly lower than his teammate for execution. I don't think they'll mind too much as they're now in the lead of the competition (with three pairs still to dive in this round).

Neither Ukraine nor Japan can overtake them on their dives, so all eyes are on Cao and Xie.

That's on-point from the Chinese, with their forward 2.5 somersaults 2 twists. That'll score 82.62 to move them into second.

9:27 pm – Happy hosts at halfway

It's fair to say the home crowd are pretty delirious. Having only won their first-ever diving World medal earlier today, they might be on for a second here!

Kim and Woo remain top after three of six rounds done.

Goodfellow and Laugher have moved up to second, while Patrick Hausding and Lars Rudiger of Germany are in third.

9:15 pm – Hosts Korea lead after two rounds

The first 10 of the day for the South Korean pair of Kim Yeongnam and Woo Haram in the second round, but it's chalked off as the highest synchronisation score they received.

Cao and Xie have a shocking second dive to put them down in seventh, while Laugher and Goodfellow aren't having the best of times either.

Goodfellow won Rio 2016 bronze in the synchro platform event alongside Tom Daley, but hasn't been able to convert that form to the 3m springboard. The Brits are sixth, ahead of Cao and Xie.

9:00 pm – Round 1 done

Unsurprisingly, Cao and Xie of China are in the lead after the first round with a score of 51.60.

There's a three-way tie for second between the Ukrainian, Korean, and Japanese pairs.

Don't forget, Japan have already secured a spot in this event at Tokyo 2020 by virtue of being hosts.

8:40 pm – Tokyo 2020 target

We're almost ready for the last final of the night, back in the Nambu International Aquatics Centre diving pool.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification spots are up for grabs in the Men's 3m springboard synchro event – the three medallists will secure Olympic quota spots for their countries.

China's pair of double Olympic champion Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi are the ones to beat, but there will also be eyes on the current Olympic champ in the event, Jack Laugher of Great Britain, diving alongside his new partner Daniel Goodfellow.

The 12 pairs will dive in reverse order of how they finished in the preliminaries, and will have six rounds each. The best and worst execution and synchronisation scores for each pair will be discarded, for a total of six discarded scores.

7:58 pm – Kolesnichenko wins again

Two-time Olympic medallist Ona Carbonell from Spain is guaranteed a medal. She squeaks past Inui's total by 0.19 points into second place with just one athlete left.

That swimmer is the 17-year-old Ukrainian Marta Fiedina.

She gets a 91.3014 – which means Inui claims her first world championship solo medal.

Gold to Kolesnichenko, who successfully defends her title; silver to Carbonell; and bronze to Inui.

7:47 pm – Hot favourite Kolesnichenko goes big

A big score from Japan's double Olympic bronze medallist Yukiko Inui sees her into the lead by around three points ahead of Simoneau.

Up next is Russian favourite, prelims leader, and defending world champion Svetlana Kolesnichenko. She scored 94.1126 in the prelims. What score will this get?

95.0023 points. Wow, that will take some beating.

7:37 pm – Simoneau takes a risk

Into the top six from the preliminaries now.

The Canadian swimmer, Jacqueline Simoneau, has taken a risk: she's changed her programme between the prelims and the final.

This is the first time she's done this programme. Will it pay off? The score to beat so far is 88.0378 from Italy's Linda Cerruti.

Yes! 89.2932 to go into the lead. Just four swimmers to go.

7:24 pm – Four down, eight to go

The swimmers from 7th to 12th from yesterday's preliminary are performing first, albeit in random order.

Great Britain's Kate Shortman (see 6:25pm below), fourth on, has just clearly pleased her coaches with that routine. Cue applause.

However, that's only good enough for third for now – and the swimmers yet to come will probably push her down. Still, she won't finish last in this final.

7:05 pm – Underway at Yeomju Gymnasium

The Solo Technical artistic final is on.

We have 12 finalists, and Vasilina Khandoshka of Belarus gets us going.

Don't forget, if you're in the United States, you can watch this live on NBC Olympic Channel or online. If you're not, you can always stick with us on the live blog for updates!

6:25 pm – Footballers in a pool

It's not their usual field of play, but here are the players from English Championship team Bristol City sending their best wishes to Team GB's artistic swimmers Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe!

Solo artistic swimming, of course, used to be an Olympic event, although it no longer is.

Watch the video below to learn about its Olympic past!

Forgotten Olympic sport: Solo synchronised swimming

Solo synchronised swimming featured at three Olympic Games - 1984, 1988 and...

5:29 pm – All eyes on Daley

We're about 90 minutes away from our next final, which is in the artistic swimming Solo Technical event.

Meanwhile, back at the diving pool, we've spotted Great Britain's Tom Daley and Matty Lee training ahead of their 10m platform synchro event which starts on Monday!

Tom Daley and Matty Lee practising for the men's 10m platform synchro. (Andrew Binner/Olympic Channel)

4:27 pm – Hosts Korea win first medal!

Kim Suji has won the hosts' first medal of these Championships with bronze in the women's 1m springboard.

Impressively, it is also South Korea's first ever diving medal at a World Championships. The home crowd are going wild, and the Korean reporters here have all rushed into the mixed zone interview area. The medal ceremony is going to be loud!

Chen Yiwen takes gold for China, and silver goes to USA's Sarah Bacon.

Kim Suji, winner of South Korea's first diving World Championships medal, poses with her Women's 1m Springboard bronze medal on day two of the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships at Nambu International Aquatics Centre on July 13, 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

4:14 pm – Chen's to lose

With just one round of dives left, it's Chen Yiwen's to lose. Despite a poor fourth dive, she's still a good 14 points or so ahead of Kim in second.

Perhaps the big surprise of the day is Chang Yani, who has unfortunately not been at her best and sits sixth after her first four dives.

Will anything change in this final round?

3:52 pm – Two of five rounds down…

…And, unsurprisingly, China's Chen Yiwen leads after very solid dives, scoring eight or higher from some judges in both rounds. Don't forget, the two highest and two lowest judges' scores are discarded. Her teammate Chang Yani struggled with her second dive and finds herself in trouble.

The home diver, Kim Suji, is receiving massive cheers from the fans at the pool. She sits second after her first two attempts, with South African Julia Vincent third.

Kristina Ilinykh of Russia, who was third after yesterday's preliminary round, hasn't had the best second dive. She's down in ninth.

3:25 pm – Finalists introduced

The finalists in the Women's 1m Springboard diving event are being introduced as they get ready to compete.

12 divers have qualified for the final from yesterday's preliminary. They will dive in reverse order of how they finished yesterday.

3:13 pm – Keeping reporters well-fed

These are long days for the journalists and photographers covering the Championships – so obviously Korean cup noodles are available in the press room to keep them going! We were warned about the spiciness of the red cups…

Press-room noodles and refreshments

2:35 pm – High-tech

The competitors from Jordan can't get enough of the robots in the Athletes' Village!

1:45 pm – China win diving gold

Unsurprisingly, Lian Junjie and Si Yajie of China take the mixed 10m platform synchro gold. They were a cool 35 points clear of the silver medallists from Russia, Viktor Minibaev and Ekaterina Beliaeva.

Mexico's José Balleza and Maria José Sánchez won bronze.

Viktor Minibaev and Ekaterina Beliaeva of Russia compete in the Mixed 10m Platform Synchro diving event at the 2019 FINA World Championships (Photo: Andrew Binner/Olympic Channel)

1:25 pm – Mexican diving legend Rommel Pacheco is loving Korea

At 33 Rommel Pacheco will be going for his fourth Olympics in Tokyo, and is competing in the 1m (not an Olympic event) and 3m Individual Springboard in Gwangju.

The athletes really are enjoying these smiling otters... and who can blame them?!

1:00 pm – Diving Mixed Synchro 10m final is underway

The winners of the first 2019 FINA Worlds diving gold medal will be decided shortly!

China's Lian Junjie and Rio 2016 silver medallist Si Yajie are the favourites.

Chinese favourites Lian Junjie and Si Yajie discussing last-minute tactics

12:00 pm – China top Men's 3m Springboard prelims

As expected, Cao Yuan and partner Xie Siyi show all of their class and experience to seal top spot.

It wasn't to be for Team GB who finished fourth, but they qualify for the final and will have another crack this evening.

Overall, the top 12 finishers qualified for tonight's final, beginning 20:45. Congratulations all!

11:55 am – Meanwhile at the beach water polo...

Over the road from the diving centre is the temporary water polo arena.

This morning the women's beach water polo kicked off with Australia versus Spain.

It's like normal water polo but with a smaller playing area and only four players on each team. It's fast and it's physical!

The Spanish women's beach water polo team make an entrance
Australia v Spain women's beach water polo. The pitch is smaller than traditional water polo, meaning the action is dynamic!

11.35 am – Team GB move up to second

With one round of the Diving Men's 3m Synchro Springboard to go, Laugher and Goodfellow have moved into second position.

Can they cause an upset and over take China?

11:15 am – Keep an eye on GB's Laugher

Olympic champion Jack Laugher and his partner Dan Goodfellow from Team GB are currently sitting fourth in the diving 3m Synchro prelim's.

Laugher won gold in the 3m Synchro Springboard (alongside former partner Chris Mears) and 3m Individual Springboard silver at Rio 2016.

He has even loftier goals at Tokyo 2020 and you can read all about them here.

10:40 am – Diving men's 3m Synchro Springboard preliminary round

We've reached the midway point in the prelims and it's pre-competition favourites China that lead the way.

Double gold medallist Cao Yuan and his partner Xie Siyi leaving the crowd "ooing" and "ahhing" with every dive.

9:26 am – We have our first medallist!

Huge congratulations to Hungary's Kristof Rasovszky, who claimed the Men's 5km open water swim in a time of 53:22.10.

Logan Fontaine of France took silver, while Canada's Eric Hedlin finished third.

8:50 am – Try a massage... in the gym!

This is my kind of workout.

A temporary gym has been set up in the athletes village and it has all the equipment you can think of. If you're fed up lifting weights, or simply need to relax after a hard day of competition, these unbelievably comfortable massage chairs do the job nicely.

They really do work too... I tried one out for solely to provide information in the blog. Honest.

The athletes village gym

8:15 am – Day 2 highlights

08:00 - 09:15 Open water swimming: Men's 5 km final
10:00 - 12:00 Diving: Men's 3m Springboard Synchro preliminary round
11:00 - 12:30 Artistic swimming: Mixed Duet Technical preliminary round
13:00 - 14:30 Diving: Mixed 10m Platform Synchro final
15:30 - 16:45 Diving: Women's 1m Springboard Individual final
20:45 - 22:15 Diving: Men's 3m Springboard Synchro final

7:50 am – Good morning... it's medal day!

Hello and welcome back to the Olympic Channel live blog.

It's another overcast but warm start to the day in Gwangju, with a forecast of showers later in the day. A quick look at the phone reveals it's 27°C (80°F).

The threat of rain later has brought the start time of the Men's 5km open water swim - OUR FIRST MEDAL EVENT - forward two hours to 08:00 am.