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After Beijing, the second stop of the FINA/NVC Diving Worlds Series in Guangzhou brought almost the same: Chinese winners.

Quite the same result came on the first day of the FINA/NVC Diving Worlds Series after Beijing! Ren Qian/Chang Yani claimed victory in the women's 10m synchro platform with 347.82, followed by Kim Kuk Hyang/Kim Mi Rae of DPR Korea 339.72 and Pandelela Pamg/Jun Hoong Cheong of Malaysia 332.46, respectively.

For the 15-year-old Chang, the new venue brought her fresh feeling. Chang said they still have a lot to do, they have already improved on the synchronisation!    

Olympic champion Chen Aisen and his new partner Yang Hao dominated the men's 10m synchro platform in 463.71 though had some mistakes in two dives. The reason may was the nerves, because Chen as a local person, never competed here at an international championships Patrick Hausding/Sascha Klein of Germany, took the silver 437.94 and Viktor Minibaev/Aleksandr Bondar of Russia concluded in third (429.03).

Two-time Olympic champion Shi Tingmao dominated the women's 3m synchro springboard and showed consistence with her new partner Xu Zhihuan, winning 345.00 points. Maddison Keeney/Anabelle Smith of Australia came to second 318.66 and Jennifer Abel/Melissa Citrini Beaulieu of Canada finished third in 311.34.

The men's 3m synchro springboard title went to Cao Yuan/Xie Siyi for a total of 466.02, beating Jack Laugher/Chris Mears of Britain 450.60 and Illia Zakharov/Evgenii Kuznetsov of Russia, 430.86. It was the Russian pair who collected the day-high 93.48 points for their last dive 109C and helped them to reach the podium.

With a day-high of 106.40 points in his last dive, Xie Siyi of China managed a strong comeback in the men's 3m springboard final to beat the pace-setter Jack Laugher of Britain, winning his first world series gold on the second day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2017.

Laugher was a little bit disappointed about his last dive, but he admitted, the Chinese were unbeatable. There is no reason for being sad, because it just showed, everyone need to improve.

Two-time Olympic champion Shi took the crown in the women's 3m springboard  as in Beijing with 395.40, well ahead of young teammate Chang Yani (360.60) and Maddison Keeney of Australia (357.00).       

Wang Han/Li Zheng snatched the mixed 3m springboard gold in 333.00, edging Jennifer Abel/Francois Imbeau-Dulac of Canada (326.16) and Maddison Keeney/Dominic Bedggood of Australia (324.66). 
With 12 perfect marks and 601.15 points from six dives, two-time Olympic champion Chen Aisen proved his reputation in the men's 10m platform by winning the gold medal in the last day of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series here on Saturday and helped China to make a clean sweep with 10 gold medals on offer.

Tom Daley (GBR) came from behind to place second (531.45) despite a shaky start, with a 407C only worth 56.00, and Yang Hao of China finished third 526.65.

For Daley, he was happy that his previous weak dive. Only four people in the world did over 600s before, like Lin Yue, Qiu Bo, Cao Yuan and Yang Jian. Chen is a very talented diver that he hopes he can reach that standard too in the future.

Olympic runner-up Si Yajie claimed victory in the women's 10m platform, repeating her Beijing win, with a total of 418.10, beating Olympic champion Ren Qian by 5.10. World champion Kim Kuk Hyang of DPR Korea placed third (372.15).

Lian Jie/Lian Junjie topped the mixed 10m platform (355.08), ahead of Viviana Del Angel Peniche/Randal Willars Valdez of Mexico, 339.30, and Taneka Kovchenko/Dominic Bedggood of Australia (321.60).

The FINA/NVC Diving World Series will proceed to Kazan, Russia on March 31-April 2 and then conclude in Windsor, Canada on April 21-23.