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The French duo of Gwendal Bisch and Alexis Jandard stunned the Chinese by clinching gold in the Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard by 2 points. (Photo:SSA) news

France causes upset on final day of FINA Diving Grand Prix Singapore

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The French duo of Gwendal Bisch and Alexis Jandard stunned the Chinese by clinching gold in the Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard by 2 points. (Photo:SSA)The French duo of Gwendal Bisch and Alexis Jandard stunned the Chinese by clinching gold in the Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard by 2 points. Photo: SSA

The final day of the FINA Diving Grand Prix Singapore 2019 Presented by 100PLUS at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Sunday, 24 November, once again saw China dominate, winning 3 out of the 4 golds on offer, but also suffering a shock defeat.

There was a stunning result in the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard when the French pair of Gwendal Bisch and Alexis Jandard clinched the gold medal by 2 points over the Chinese pair of Tai Xiaohu and Zhang Chao, with the French duo scoring 406.38 points to 404.25 points. Russian's Evgenii and Vlacheslav Novoselov won the battle of the twins for the bronze medal, as they narrowly edged out Singapore's Mark and Timothy Lee by a score of 390.12 to 387.21 points. Mark and Timothy's score beat their previous personal best of 381.78 set at the SEA Games 2015 on home soil.

After clinching individual gold in the Women's 10m Platform yesterday, 14 year-old Tang Yixuan added the Synchronised 10m Platform Women's Gold with partner, 16 year-old Du Yinying, as the teenage pairing scored 320.94 points from their 5 dives to beat silver medallists, Matsuri Arai and Minami Itahashi (309.66 points) of Japan and Andrea Sirieix and Josie Zillig (269.22 points) from Great Britain. It was the Chinese pair's second straight gold medal in back to back events, having also won in Kuala Lumpur at the FINA Diving Grand Prix Malaysia 2019 last week where they also triumphed over the Japanese.

2014 Asian Games silver medalist, Huang Xiaohui, then won her second gold medal in two days, as she claimed the Women's 3m Springboard title. She scored 365.40 points to better her score of 339.40 points set at Kuala Lumpur last week. Switzerland's Michelle Heimberg, who finished 5th in Kuala Lumpur, took the silver medal in Singapore, with a score of 320.05 points. Japan's Sayaka Mikami took third place with a score of 303.15 points. Mikami had finished 4th in Kuala Lumpur.

The final event of the day saw Duan Yu make it back to back victories in Kuala Lumpur and in Singapore, when he took the gold medal in the Men's 10m Platform with a score of 477.45 points. Japan's 13 year-old sensation, Rikuto Tamai, narrowly clinched silver with a score of 452.75 points ahead of Mexico's Diego Balleza, who scored 451.75 points.

Singapore's Jonathan Chan, who has already qualified for next year's Olympics, scored 347.60 points to finish in 6th place in the first of the two Men's 10m Platform semifinals in the morning. His score was not enough to see him qualify for the finals.

A total of 60 divers from 14 countries took part in the event. Full results of the FINA Diving Grand Prix Singapore 2019 Presented by 100PLUS can be found at swimming.org.sg/finadivinggp