|Link and Long bring
home the bacon. The pair placed 8th on platform, earning the
USA one of only eight Synchro slots at the summer Olympics.
Odile Arboles-Souchon and Julie Danaux of France did
not compete in individual events but specialized in Synchro
diving, and it paid off with a second place finish and a team
qualification into the Olympics.
Rebecca Gilmore and Loudy Tourky of Australia place 3rd in
the Women's Platform Synchro.
In the women's synchro 3-meter contest, Kathy Pesek and Tracy Bonner dove very well, but
it was not enough to final in this amazing contest, the pair missed
an Olympic berth for the US by only 4 points. Clearly a new standard
was set for synchronized diving, and this event is going to be a
big hit at the Olympics
David Pichler And Chuck Wade earned a Synchro slot
for the US on men's platform. After a slow start the duo scored
needed 76 points on each of the last two dives to finish
Dmitry Sautin won the 3 meter men's contest. Sautin easily jumped
higher and finished his dives higher than any other diver here.
Sautin dives had a very consistent, narrow range of between 76.50
and 83.70. Xiao Hailing of China had the highest scoring dive of
the 3 meter finals - a 5154B which scored 89.76 points.
Ruiz and Ramirez get the job done, placing 4th in a great Men's
Synchro 3 meter event. This gives the US one one seven slots at
the Olympics in Synchro diving.
Pesek places 9th and Wilkinson 12th and for US in women's 10 meter.
Team Standing China, Russia and Australia.
This world cup is the largest FINA International Meet ever. With
178 divers from 38 countries around the world.
The pool sits on the outer ring of the Olympic area, a 40 minute
train ride (the locals' claim is 20 minutes) from downtown Sydney.
There are not yet shops near the pool so the divers are spending
time in Sydney. The people of Australia are very welcoming and friendly.
Inside the pool every event starts on time, outside the pool everything
runs a little late. One thing we've learned is thatif a local says
it takes 30 minutes in Australian they mean 60 minutes American.
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