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China bubbles for another World Cup

By George Aluo

Russia is not the only place it is happening this summer when it comes to World Cup.

In fact , China is already bubbling with action in the FINA organized Diving World Cup that started today (June 4) in the city Wuhan.

The seven-day competition which has attracted close to 300 divers from 30 National Federations runs from June 4 to 10.

World swimming governing body, FINA in an email made available to this website disclosed that the competition would feature all eight Olympic events as well as the two mixed events.

Chinese Olympic and World champions Shi Tingmao and teammates Yuan Cao, Xie Siyi and Chen Aisen are among the national stars to watch.

Many top divers such as Vincent Riendeau, Philippe Gagne, François Imbeau-Dulac, Jennifer Abel and Meaghan Benfeito will represent Team Canada.

France’s young talent Benjamin Auffret, revealed in Rio 2016 Olympic Games, is in Wuhan, while Jamaica’s Yona Knight-Wisdom will also take the plunge.

From Russia, Nikita Shleikher will ensure the show.

Strong teams from USA and Australia are also expected to perform.

Veteran Patrick Hausding of Germany will compete in the individual and synchronised 3m.

In the women’s competition, apart from the divers mentioned above, Pandelela Pamg (MAS) and Korea’s Kim Kwang Hui and Kim Mi Hwa will be present.

The last edition in February 2016 was a qualifying event for the 2016 Olympic Games but this 21st edition will serve as an entry point for the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series 2019.

The competition is LIVE streamed on FINAtv.

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