FINA World Championships Budapest 2022, as it happened: Day 14


That just 16-years-old, China’s Duan Yu became a world champion in the mixed 10m platform synchronized diving alongside Ren Qian.

Meanwhile, another 16-year-old in Oleksiy Sereda teamed up with Sofia Lyskun to win silver, and Ukraine’s first world medal in the event.

Olympics.com carried live updates the entire day from Budapest, which you can re-live as they happened below.

All times Central European Time (UTC/GMT +2 hours). Most recent updates first.

8:00 pm – Tomorrow’s action

And that thrilling final brings to a close our live blog for Day 14 at the 2022 FINA World Championships.

But join us on the penultimate day of action tomorrow, where there is still plenty more to enjoy.

In the morning we have the men’s 10m platform prelims, before the women’s 3m springboard final in the evening.

In the water polo it’s th women’s gold and bronze medal matches – which are sure to be epic in a country where it’s the national sport.

7:55 pm – MEDAL MOMENT: Duan and Ren win mixed 10m synchro gold

Everything Duan and Ren needed was a mediocre dive and gold was theirs, but the Chinese pair still slammed down a near-perfect 76.8 back 2.5 somersault 1.5 twists pike to take the gold medal.

They maintain China’s perfect record in diving at the 2022 FINA World Championships.

It was a mighty finish too from Schnell and Tyler, who got 73.92 for the same routine as the Chinese.

But they ultimately had to settle for third, as Lyskun and Sereda show incredible composure once more to retake second with a back 3.5 somersault worth 74.25.

And that is Ukraine’s first ever medal in this event at the world championships.

Final Results:

Gold: Duan Yu and Ren Qian (China) – 341.16

Silver: Sofia Lyskun and Oleksii Sereda (Ukraine) – 317.01

Bronze: Delaney Schnell and Carson Tyler (USA) – 315.90

7:39 pm – Competition for silver intensifies

Is that the winning jump already? Duan and Ren get 8.5s, 9s and 9.5s, and 82.56 overall for their inward 3.5 somersault tuck.

Another 16-year-old in Sereda delivers 70.2 alongside Light onlybut they are now only one point ahead of third-placed Schnell and Tyler, who get a mammoth 79.68 for their inward 3.5 somersault tuck.

There is now daylight between the podium and the rest, after fourth-placed Wassen and Massenberg lose their synchronization and get 58.5.

7:30 pm – Lyskun and Sereda deliver

WOW. China have ratcheted up the difficulty with a forward 3.5 somersault pike, but you wouldn’t have known it as it’s their best dive yet.

Duan and Ren get 77.4 and a massive roar for that effort as they extend their lead.

Now Schnell and Tyler follow suit with a massive 69.3 for the same routine. That was 8.5s and 9s across the board and second place overall.

But Lyskun and Sereda hold their nerve and deliver a stunning back .5 somersaults 1.5 twist worth 72.96, and push the USA duo into third.

Wassen and Massenberg are just two points off the podium in fourth.

7:19 pm – As you were for podium places

It’s amazing to think that Duan is just 16. He duck Clean win Round 2 as well, with an immaculate reverse dive pike worth 51.6.

The top three remain as they are with Lyskun/Sereda getting another 49.8 duck Wassen/Massenberg awarded 48.0. for their reverse dive pikes.

USA’s Delaney Schnell and Carson Tyler are right in the hunt though. They move onto 93.0 overall after a much improved back dive pike for 48.0.

There’s a decent USA crowd this evening, and Schnell and Tyler must be feeling the love.

7:10 pm – China leads once more

The mixed 10m platform final is underway and Duan Yu and Ren Qian have plunged into an early lead.

The Chinese pair were awarded 52.8 for their back dive pike in perfect synchronization.

Can Ukraine win their first world medal in this event ever? Definitely if Sofia Lyskun and Oleksii Sereda keep diving like that.

They go second with 49.8 from their inward dive pike.

It was a solid start also from Germany’s Elena Wassen spirit Lou Noel Guy Massenberg, who raced into third with 47.4 for the same routine.

6:36 pm – How diving helped Melissa Wu

Australia’s Melissa Wu will team up with Domonic Bedggood in this evening’s mixed 10m synchronized final, and there’s an amazing story behind her achievements.

At the age of 10 Wu knew that diving was the sport for her. Throughout her 16 year career, diving helped her overcome depression, anxiety, and lack of self-belief, until she won bronze in Tokyo 2020.

Having returned from serious injury, she starred in the new Olympic Channel series “Splash In”, and you can watch her episode below now.

6:00 pm – Diving stat attack

In one hour, the mixed 10m synchronized final will begin for the fourth time at a World Championships.

The previous three editions were all won by China, with two-time winners Junjie Lian and Yajie Si the only athletes to have collected multiple medals in this event at the world champs.

European champions Oleksii Sereda and Kseniia Bailo will be trying to win Ukraine’s first world 10m synchro medal ever.

5:30 pm – China go one and two in diving semis

Back at the Duna Arena and Chen Yiwen has wrapped up the women’s 3m springboard semis with a total score of 356.45.

Her final three jumps were all in the 70s, and she will comfortably go through to tomorrow’s final as the No. 1 seed.

Here compatriot Chang Yan did not nail her final two dives, but had done enough already to progress second overall on 345.8.

There was a bit of a gap to third placed Chiara Pellacani of Italy, who recovered from a bad start to nail all 60s dives.

Mia Vallee found her groove and will also progress, alongside Germany’s Lena Hentschel, Mikami Sayaka of Japan, and the United States Sarah Bacon who also recovered from a bad early dive.

5:10 pm – Defending champions Italy through to men’s water polo final

It was drama to the end!

Italy pulled two goals ahead in the final quarter, before heroic Greece hit back to trail 9-8.

Greece drew level once more, before Francesco di Fulvio scored the winner for the reigning world champions at 11-10.

They will defend their title in tomorrow’s gold medal match against the winner of Spain v Croatia.

Full credit to Greece, they were fantastic against a very, very slick attacking outfit.

And breathe.

5:00 pm – Chen back in the lead

At the half-way stage in the women’s 3m springboard semis Chen has retaken the lead, thanks to her magical reverse 2.5 somersault pike that got 76.5 from the judges!

Chang hit back with a 72.0, meaning that she is now in clear second.

Japan’s Mikami Sayaka is going along very nicely here, getting 67.5 for her reverse 2.5 somersault pike, and sits in third.

But Canada’s Mia Vallee has mis-timed her execution on the same routine and drops down to fifth thanks to a 56.0

4:50 pm – One goal in it…

Greece make it even through Konstantinos Genidounias, but Francesco di Fulvio puts Italy back in front following a time-out.

Two high scoring quarters are followed by a cagey 1-1 draw in the third. That means that Italy are 7-6 up going into the final quarter.

Hold on to your hats!

4:33 pm – Greece hit back before half-time

The second quarter of the men’s semi-final goes to Greece, who are now just one goal down at 6-5 against Italy at the half-way stage.

Tensions are running very high and both coaches have now been yellow carded!

Greece will be keen to do something about these unwanted states…

4:30 pm – Chang and Chen dominating again

Chang Yan spirit Chen Yiwen are first and second respectively in the 3m springboard semi-final.

Consistency has been the key for Chang, who received 67.5 for both of her first two dives.

Chen is two points back, while the USA’s Sarah Bacon is on third who has also made two jumps in the 60s.

Chen Yiwen in action at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Picture by 2022 Getty Images

4:20 pm – Italy edge ahead in semi

The first men’s water polo semi-final is underway and Italy are leading Greece 4-2 in the first quarter.

Both teams are on all-out attack and it is seriously physical out there, which must be hard going in 36°C (96°F).

3:38 pm – Serbia edge past Montenegro

The men’s water polo semi-finals begin later, but before then we have several classification matches.

The first of which was between double reigning Olympic champions Serbia and their neighbors Montenegro, in which the former ran out hard-fought 10-7 winners.

Serbia haven’t been at their best in Budapest, but are looking to finish on a high.

This is also your 20-minute warning for the start of the women’s 3m springboard semi-finals!

3:00 pm – What diving means to Melissa Wu

Australia’s Melissa Wu will team up with Domonic Bedggood in this evening’s mixed 10m synchronized final, but perhaps her greatest achievement is just being here at all.

At the age of 10 Wu knew that diving was the sport for her. Throughout her 16 year career, diving helped her overcome depression, anxiety, and lack of self-belief, until she won bronze in Tokyo 2020.

Having returned from serious injury, she starred in the new Olympic Channel series “Splash In”, and you can watch her episode below now.

2:30 pm – China dominates 3m springboard prelims

China’s quest for a clean sweep of diving medals of the 2022 FINA World Championships is very much on course, following Chen Yiwen’s spectacular performance in the women’s 3m springboard prelims.

The 1m springboard reigning world champion was awarded 357.95 across her five spectacular dives, four of which scored in the 70s.

Here compatriot Chang Yan, world champion from 2017, sealed second with 341.25.

USA’s Sarah Bacon continued her excellent form in Budapest, taking third overall with 324.6.

Those three progress to this evening’s semi-finals alongside the likes of Canada’s Mia Vallee, Kristen Hayden of USA, Japan’s Mikami Sayakaand Team GB’s Grace Reid.

The final takes place tomorrow (2 July).

2:05 pm – In case you missed it…

A round-up of last yesterday’s women’s water polo semi-finals, where hosts Hungary confirmed their place in the gold medal match:

Italy 6 -14 USA

Hungary 13 – 12 Netherlands

The final will take place on 2 July.

2:00 pm – Today’s programme

Good afternoon welcome back to Budapest for the FINA World Championships 2022 live blog.

It may be the third last day of the competition, but there are still plenty of medals to be won.

Today we are covering the women’s 3m springboard semi-finals, followed by the mixed 10m synchronized final.

Meanwhile, it’s the business end of water polo too with the women’s semi-finals and other classification matches.

Here’s today’s diving schedule:

4:00 pm – Women’s 3m springboard semi finals

7:00 pm – Mixed 10m synchronized final

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