Chinese Top Women’s One-Meter, Men’s Three-Meter Diving Events

Associated Press

China’s Yu Xiaoling finished first in the women’s one-meter team event Thursday, and teammate Tan Liangde edged American Kent Ferguson in the men’s three-meter team competion of the FINA World Cup.

Yu was just ahead of teammate Gao Min, the Olympic springboard gold medalist, scoring 481.98 points for her 10 dives at the Indiana University Natatorium.

Gao, who said through an interpreter that she spends little time on the one-meter board, had 468.24 points.


Tan, second to Greg Louganis on the three-meter board in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, scored 640.98 points to lead the men’s field of 27 hoping to score high enough to move into the individual competition.

Ferguson, making a comeback after undergoing shoulder surgery last September, had 637.92 points for his 11 dives.

“I did well except for the last dive,” said Ferguson, 26. “I had a little trouble on the board work and just miscalucated the entry.”

American Mark Bradshaw, 25, who resigned as diving coach at West Point this year to begin diving again, was third with 631.65 points, and Li Deliang, the Olympic springboard bronze medalist, placed fourth with 596.79.

Daphne Jongejans of the Netherlands was third among the 17 competitors in the women’s one-meter with 429.15 points. U.S. national champion Julie Farell, making her debut in international competition, was fourth with 426.12.

China leads the team competition with 387 points after four of the six events. The United States, the defending champion, was second with 369, followed by the Soviet Union with 341 and Mexico with 321.