FINA World Championships 2019 | As it happened: Day 3

Olympic Channel were on site in Korea as the World Championships continue with diving and artistic swimming finals.

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

The US artistic swimming team, who we've been following, opened their Championships today, Sunday 14 July, with the Team Technical event.

Olympic qualifying spots were also on offer in open-water swimming, artistic swimming, and diving, while the group stages began in water polo.

You can re-live all of Sunday's action with our blog below (newest updates first). Come back for daily live blogs throughout the Championships. Alternatively, you can catch up with what happened on Saturday, 13 July, here.

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

10:28 pm – Record-breaking day

So, a record-breaking day – at least in the water polo pool – comes to an end.

China continued their dominance in diving too.

There's another two diving finals tomorrow, as well as the World Championships debut of the artistic swimming Highlight Routine event.

Join us then.

10:05 pm – In case you missed it earlier...

10:00 pm – China win fifth diving gold

69.12 for the Americans on their last dive probably won't be enough to lift them up into the medal positions, which means the only question is in what order will Canada and Malaysia finish?

Remember, just three one-hundredths of a point separate these teams.

71.04 for Leong and Pamg. They're guaranteed a medal and have secured a spot at Tokyo 2020 for Malaysia.

What can Benfeito and McKay get? It's not the cleanest entry. 62.40! Wow, that's put them below the U.S.!

It's gold for China! A huge 86.40 for their final dive. A perfect five golds from five diving events for them.

Silver for Leong and Pamg; bronze goes to Samantha Bromberg and Katrina Young of the USA. Benfeito and McKay are devastated.

9:45 pm – Battle for silver and bronze

China are 17 points clear after four of five rounds.

But just 0.03 points separate Malaysia in second and Canada in third, with the American duo only six points behind. It's a battle for silver and bronze.

9:26 pm – Youthful China still ahead

Benfeito is a three-time Olympic bronze medallist, and she could add a world medal here. But she and McKay are still behind the 13-year-old and 15-year-old pair from China. Yes, they're that young. Two dives left.

9:13 pm – Malaysia count on experience

Malaysia are being represented in this event by 34-year-old four-time Olympian Leong Mun Yee, who made her debut at Sydney 2000, and Pandelela Pamg, one half of the silver medal team in this event at Rio 2016.

After two rounds, they're in third, behind Lu and Zhang, and Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay.

9:01 pm – First round down

After the first round, with low-tariff dives nominated by most of the teams, China's Lu Wei and Zhang Jiaqi lead the Malaysian, Canadian, and Russian pairs.

If you missed it, we profiled Zhang earlier today.

  • Zhang is 15-years-old and already considered one of China’s leading divers.
  • She won two Individual 10m Platform titles and two Synchro 10m Platform titles (alongside Gwangju 2019 partner Lu Wei) in the 2019 FINA Diving World Series.
  • As a naughty 4-year-old, Zhang’s parents initially sent her to gymnastics practice to improve her discipline!
  • She transitioned to diving when her coach insisted her physical build was not suited to gymnastics.
  • Zhang loves Barbie. Every time she wins a diving title, she receives one of the dolls as a gift from her parents or coach.
  • According to her coach Ren Shaofen, Zhang is so hardworking and focused in training, she has to be reminded to eat.
  • Zhang has developed a fascinating rivalry with Ren Qian, who won the Individual 10m Platform Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 (also aged 15).

8:47 pm – Diving final

We're underway in the Women's 10m Platform Synchro final.

A reminder that our 12 finalists will each dive five times. There are three execution score judges per diver and five synchronisation score judges per pair. The best and worst scores in each category are discarded.

The hosts get us going.

8:00 pm – Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko are world champions

Ukraine were third in the prelims and that's where they'll be in the final too.

92.58 to pip Inui and Yoshida from Japan into the medals. Canada still to come but it's unlikely, based on their prelim score of 87.74, that they'll threaten the medals.

And that's how it finishes: Russia win gold, China silver, Ukraine bronze.

Romashina and Kolesnichenko, who won gold together at the worlds in 2013 before finding different partners, have claimed the world title as a pair once again.

On Bastille Day, France's Charlotte Tremble and Laura Tremble finish 10th.

7:51 pm – Two teams left

Japan were one of the top teams in the prelims, finishing fourth and scoring 91.92. They've improved on that in the final as Yukiko Inui and Magumu Yoshida score 92.11 to slot in behind Russia.

Italy follow that with a strong 90.17 to move into third. China, Ukraine, and Canada left to come.

The television commentators love this Chinese routine. I must admit, as someone who doesn't watch much artistic swimming, that was very impressive. 94.01! That puts them into second, with Japan third. Two teams left...

7:36 pm – Romashina and Kolesnichenko into the lead

This is a very energetic, upbeat routine from the two Svetlanas, with the music to match.

There is a high level of difficulty apparent in this choreography as the Russians continue their performance.

Their coaches are happy. Two thumbs up.

It's 95.90 from the judges. Slightly lower than their prelim score but still very, very tough to better.

7:20 pm – Russia the ones to beat

It's the Russian pair of Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko who will be the ones to beat.

They scored 95.95 in the preliminary on Friday. You're looking at a 90-plus score to get into the medals in this event.

7:00 pm – Ready to go

We are ready to go in the Duet Technical final.

Each of the 12 finalists has a set of five required elements in their performance.

6:30 pm – Two more finals tonight

There are two more finals taking place tonight, in artistic swimming (Duet Technical) and diving (Women's 10m Platform Synchro). Both have Olympic quota spots on the line.

5:25 pm – Some stats on that water polo game...

Hungary got their women's water polo campaign off to a tremendous start earlier by beating hosts South Korea 64–0.

A game of water polo lasts 32 minutes (four periods of eight minutes), which means on average Hungary scored a goal every 30 seconds.

It's the largest margin of victory in a men's or women's international since South Africa beat Libya 60–0 in the Men's World League in 2009.

The longest time between goals today was 1 minute, 14 seconds: between Hungary's 60th and 61st goals. There was a far shorter wait for the 62nd, though. It came just 12 seconds of play later.

Dorottya Szilagyi of Hungary scores a goal against South Korea during during the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships at Nambu University on July 14, 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Dorottya Szilagyi of Hungary scores a goal against South Korea during during the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships at Nambu University on July 14, 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Dorottya Szilagyi of Hungary scores a goal against South Korea during during the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships at Nambu University on July 14, 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

4:43 pm – Hosts Korea miss out on medal

Agony for Woo Ha-ram!

A day after Kim Su-ji won South Korea's first-ever diving medal (and first medal of the Championships), Woo had a shot at doubling that tally.

But his score isn't good enough to overtake Pacheco, who turned 33 on Friday, and defending champion Peng goes past Woo with his final dive!

Peng's teammate Wang Zongyuan nails his final dive for a score of 81.60 and a total of 440.25.

Gold and bronze to China, silver to Mexico.

4:29 pm – Pacheco on course for medal

Rommel Pacheco is an absolute superstar in Mexico. His Instagram account has nearly 610,000 followers - and that could grow if he wins a medal here! He's in second with one dive left.

Oh, and it was his birthday two days ago!

China's Wang leads going into the final round after another solid dive, while the home hope Woo is still third.

4:17 pm – Two rounds to go

An incredible dive from Rommel Pacheco of Mexico, which nets him scores of 8.5, 9 and 9.5 from the judges.

He's followed by the Korean, Woo, who puts in 8s and 8.5s to overtake him, with just the two Chinese divers left in this round.

Defending champion Peng Jianfeng enters the water overrotated and will remain off the medal spots, while teammate Wang Zongyuan nails a tidy dive to push him up the leaderboard into second!

Woo leads, with Pacheco third. Two dives to go.

4:10 pm – Hungary women score stunning result

News in from the women's water polo: Hungary have beaten hosts South Korea by the hardly-believable margin of 640.

4:05 pm – Veteran Hausding leads at halfway

German veteran Patrick Hausding, a three-time Olympian, leads at halfway.

Peng Jianfeng is the highest-ranked Chinese in fourth, 13 points behind.

3:54 pm – Two rounds down

We're through two rounds. Poland's Kacper Lesiak leads at the moment, with the Chinese still outside the medal positions.

Did you know?

James Heatly isn't the only British-born diver in this final.

Yona Knight-Wisdom was born in Leeds, in northern England, to parents from Jamaica and Barbados; he represents Jamaica internationally.

You can watch his story below.

3:43 pm – Woo Ha-ram leads

The home fans have something to cheer: South Korean diver Woo Ha-ram leads after one dive.

The caveat: his degree of difficulty on the dive was higher than his rivals', meaning he's got easier dives later in his programme while the others will have bigger-scoring dives.

3:27 pm – Did you know?

Great Britain's representative in this final is James Heatly. His grandfather, Sir Peter Heatly, competed at London 1948 and Helsinki 1952.

There are 12 finalists in this event, who will each take six dives. The two best and two worst scores will be discarded for each diver in each round. The ones to watch? The Chinese, of course – they've won all three diving events so far.

3:20 pm – We're back

We're back after a short break! The water polo (and beach equivalent – despite it not being played on a beach this year) has been ongoing in the meantime, while we have our eyes firmly set on the diving, where the Men's 1m Springboard final is about to begin.

China take on Spain in beach water polo, a demonstration event, at Gwangju 2019
China take on Spain in beach water polo, a demonstration event, at Gwangju 2019China take on Spain in beach water polo, a demonstration event, at Gwangju 2019

1:40 pm – Get in touch!

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12:37 pm – Fun facts: Who is diving starlet Zhang Jiaqi?

· Zhang is 15-years-old and already considered one of China’s leading divers.

· She won two Individual 10m Platform titles and two Synchro 10m Platform titles (alongside Gwangju 2019 partner Lu Wei) in the 2019 FINA Diving World Series.

· As a naughty 4-year-old, Zhang’s parents initially sent her to gymnastics practice to improve her discipline!

· She transitioned to diving when her coach insisted her physical build was not suited to gymnastics.

· Zhang loves Barbie. Every time she wins a diving title, she receives one of the dolls as a gift from her parents or coach.

· According to her coach Ren Shaofen, Zhang is so hardworking and focused in training, she has to be reminded to eat.

· Zhang has developed a fascinating rivalry with Ren Qian, who won the Individual 10m Platform Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 (also aged 15).

15-year-old Jiaqi Zhang in action for China
15-year-old Jiaqi Zhang in action for China15-year-old Jiaqi Zhang in action for China

11:42 am – Tonight's diving finalists decided

Jiaqi Zhang and Wei Lu from China won the Women's 10m Platform Synchro preliminary round, beating a strong field including second-placed Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay from Canada.

The top 12 finishers have all qualified for tonight's final, which is going to be a ripper!

10:15 am – What a win for Xin Xin!

China's Xin Xin saved her best for the final lap, to take the Women's 10km open water swim gold medal.

Congratulations to her and the top-10 finishers, who all qualify for Tokyo 2020.

9:40 am – Big win for Netherlands in women's water polo

This morning the Netherlands kicked of their water polo campaign with a 33-0 win over South Africa.

That is some statement of intent. Well done the Oranje!

9:35 am – Yellow card!

Did you think foul play warnings were just for footballers?

Samantha Arevalo of Ecuador, 2017 world silver medallist, has just been given a yellow card and 30-second penalty for pushing another swimmer underwater on the bend... it's getting feisty out there.

To compound matters, Samantha is named and shamed on the Jumbotron and over the tannoy.

9:30 am – Refreshment?

As swimmers complete each lap, they have a chance for some much-needed water.

Coaches line up with bottles attached to 3m carbon-fibre rods and flags, making them easily identifiable to their swimmer.

Team India's coach offering a drink to their swimmer
Team India's coach offering a drink to their swimmerTeam India's coach offering a drink to their swimmer

9:20 am – Allez, allez, allez!

If the diving centre is all about electro music, the open water swimming DJ prefers traditional pop... the latest hits from Rita Ora are pumping and the crowd are loving it! If you're around in Gwangju, this is a great event to be at.

The French athletes are dominating with New Caledonian-born Lara Grangeon, and three-time world champion Aurelie Muller first and second respectively. The pair are four seconds ahead of third-place, but there's not much in it between the teammates.

We are on the final lap now.

It's a packed house at the Yeosu arena!
It's a packed house at the Yeosu arena!It's a packed house at the Yeosu arena!

8:50 am – Conditions are PERFECT!

We are almost at the midway point of the Women's 10km open water swim, where the athletes are enjoying glass-like water, no wind, sun and two packed grandstands!

The jetty where coaches can communicate with swimmers
The jetty where coaches can communicate with swimmersThe jetty where coaches can communicate with swimmers
The Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park Open Water swimming venue
The Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park Open Water swimming venueThe Yeosu EXPO Ocean Park Open Water swimming venue

7:50 am – It's a beautiful day in Gwangju

It's a sunny start today in Korea, and I'm sure the early starters (open water swimmers, water polo players and journalists alike!) will be most glad for it.

The athletes village below has been beautifully manicured with topiary and brightly-coloured flowers, to give everyone a great start to their day.

Colourful flowers in the athletes village
Colourful flowers in the athletes villageColourful flowers in the athletes village

7:45 am – Day 3 highlights

08:00 - 10:15 Open water swimming: Women's 10 km final
08:30 - 13:35 Water Polo: Women's preliminary round
10:00 - 12:00 Diving: Women's 10m Platform Synchro preliminary round
11:00 - 14:30 Artistic swimming: Team Technical preliminary round
14:15 - 16:00 Beach Water Polo: Women's matches
15:30 - 17:00 Diving: Men's 1m Springboard Individual final
16:30 - 21:45 Water Polo: Women's preliminary round
19:00 - 20:30 Artistic swimming: Duet Technical final
20:45 - 22:15 Diving: Women's 10m Platform Synchro final

7:30 am – Day 3 is Live!

We saw Gwangju 2019's first winners yesterday, and more medals will be decided today in diving, artistic swimming and open water swimming.

Due to weather conditions, the open water swimming start times have been brought forward to 8:00am each morning, but fear not! We will be at the Women's 10km open water swim today to bring you all the latest action.

Let's go!

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