Cuban divers lead
MADRID has meant good luck and
results for the Cuban synchronized platform diving
duo José Antonio Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre. In the
Grand Prix’s fourth stop there, the two took the
gold medal with 435.12 points, out-doing Mexicans
Iván García and Germán Sánchez (432.24) and the
Chinese favorites Chen Aisen-Jang Yian (428.10).
This was almost an identical repeat of the 2010
event, when the Cuban divers scored 438.12.
consistency in their jumps
and polished technique give the
Guerra-Aguirre duo reason
to believe they can aspire to a
medal in London.
Good scores, consistency in their
jumps and polished technique give the Guerra-Aguirre
duo reason to believe they can aspire to a medal in
Their qualifying average was 8.39
points - as compared to the Chinese pair’s 8.0 and
7.58 for García-Sánchez. Presenting a program of
complex dives was the winning formula for the Cubans,
who made dives on three occasions of over 80:83.52
in both the third and fourth attempts and 87.48 in
This finish was very encouraging to
the pair, not only because it confirmed their
consistency after winning in Montreal (453.36), but
also because it represents a serious challenge to
the hegemony of the Chinese, barely a month prior to
the test of fire at the London Olympics.
HANSER CONTINUES STRONG
Hanser García closed out the Olympic
preparatory tour with a silver medal, his fifth
prize (1-3-1). His time of 49.10 seconds won him a
second place finish in the 100-meter freestyle event
during the Rome Sette Colli Trophy, only .01 seconds
behind Sebastian Verschuren from Holland (49.09) and
ahead of France’s Fabien Gilot (49.12). Hanser had
his turbo going and lowered his time in the
preliminary heat (49.46).
Another Cuban swimmer, Pedro Medel,
finished fourth in the B final 200-meter backstroke,
with a time of 2:02.52 minutes, behind Spain’s
Aschwin Wildeboer (2:00.25) and Italians Luca
Mencarini (2:00.74) and Michele Malerba (2:00.95).
With an event record, Japan’s
Ryosuke Irie dominated the 100-meter backstroke,
leaving the silver and bronze medals to Poland’s
Radoslaw Kawecki (1:57.62) and Brazilian Leonardo De
Deus (1:58.79), respectively.