FINA World Championships Budapest 2022, as it happened: Day 11 - China win two more diving golds

Live updates from Budapest, Hungary, with diving and open water swimming on Tuesday 27 June 2022.

By Andrew Binner
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China sealed two more diving world titles on 28 June at the the 2022 FINA World Championships, thanks to the brilliance of Wang Zongyuan in the men's 3m springboard and Yang Hao / Lian Junjie in the men's 10m synchronised.

British Olympic champion Matty Lee won silver alongside his new diving partner Noah Williams in the synchro. 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.

8:25 pm - Netherlands through in water polo

The Netherlands have sealed the third women's water polo semi-final spot after a hard-fought 10-7 win over Greece.

They won the first two quarters and defended their lead from their.

That brings an end to our Day 11 coverage at the 2022 FINA World Championships.

Join us again tomorrow, where there will be THREE diving medals won, including the mixed 3m & 10m team, the women's 1m springboard, and the mixed 3m synchronised.

Open water will be back with an early start at 7am for the women's 10km final, followed by the men's 10km.

Finally over at water polo will be the men's quarter-finals. Thank you for joining and see you bright and early!

8:20 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: China win men's 10m synchronised

Take a bow Yang Hao and Lian Junjie. The Chinese pair didn't put a foot wrong and finished on a high with a forward 4.5 somersault tuck worth 89.91. Their consistency is just remarkable.

There is a high 3.7 difficulty rating for Lee and Williams' forward 4.5 somersault tuck, but they confidently nail it and get a 85.47. That'll be good enough for silver in their first major international tournament together.

Wiens and Zsombor-Murray their best 'till last, taking 79.68 for their back 2.5 somersault 1.5 twist pike. Lot's of 9s on the judges score cards, and that's a huge comeback medal for them after a slow start.

Final results:

Gold: Yang Hao and Lian Junjie (China) - 561.95

Silver: Matty Lee and Noah Williams (Great Britain) - 427.71

Bronze: Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray (Canada) - 417.12

8:10 pm - China have one hand on gold

Wiens and Zsombor-Murray have one hand on the bronze now, after executing a 79.56. The their synchronisation wasn't fantastic, but the individual execution was.

There's a huge roar from the crowd as Lee and Williams take 79.56 for their penultimate jump, and a big step towards silver.

Boliukh makes a big splash meaning his and Sereda's score for a tricky forward 4.5 somersault tuck is 67.1.

It's another great execution from the splash-less Lian and Yang, who take 88.32 for their back 2.5 somersaults with 1.5 twists pike.

The gold is surely theirs' now.

7:50 pm - Canada into third

C'est super from Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray. The Canadians are making a late play for bronze after making 84.36 on their reverse 3.5 somersault tuck, which is a 3.7 degree of difficulty jump.

Lee and Williams take 8s and 8.5s across the board for a score of 77.6, meaning they take the temporary lead with Ukraine and China still to take their fourth jumps.

A tidy, if unspectacular, jump from Boliukh and Sereda scores 74.88 and they get bumped off third by Canada.

More excellence from Lian and Yang sees the Chinese take 86.68 from their  3.5 somersaults tuck.

7:40 pm - Cuba come to the party

That's more like it from Cuba's Luis Gustavo Cañabate Alvarez and Carlos Daniel Ramos Rodriguez, who are very much in sync as they post 78.21 from their back 3.5 somersaults tuck.

Brit's Lee and Williams ratchet up the difficulty with a back 2.5 somersaults with 2.5 twists pike... and nail it! They're awarded 85.32 points.

The penultimate jumpers in Round 3 are Boliukh and Sereda, who get 75.60 for their forward 3.5 somersaults pike.

Lian and Yang's 89.28 from an inward 3.5 somersaults tuck sees them continue to surge ahead of the rest. The top three remain unchanged.

7:25 pm - Britain climb a place

Kawan Figueredo Pereira and Isaac Souza Filho of Brazil get their reverse dive pike all wrong and are out of sync for 39.6.

Larsen and Gugiu's reverse dive pike is slightly better, but there is significant splash and the Italian's are awarded 46.8.

It's a back dive pike for GB's Lee and Williams and they show remarkable consistency to nail a 49.8. That'll see them climb up the table.

The execution was just off for Ukraine's Boliukh and Sereda on their reverse dive pike, and they get a 48.

But there are no mistakes from China's Yang and Lian, who extend their lead with a back dive pike worth 57.

That means Britain take second and push Ukraine into third.

7:14 pm - China out in front

It was a high-scoring first round with several dives over 50 points.

Germany's Timo Barthei and Jaden Eikermann Gregorchuk kicked things off with a confident forward 1.5 somersault pike and were awarded 50.4.

But they were outdone but Italian duo Andreas Sargent Larsen and Eduard Timbretti Gugiu, who got 51.0 for their inward dive pike.

Great Britain's Lee and Williams couldn't quite nail their execution on the inwards 1.5 somersault pike for 49.8.

Ukraine's Boliukh and Sereda opened their account with a 50.4 back dive pike.

But the early pace setters are, as ever, Yang and Lian of China, who nail the same dive for a 57.6. They were awarded three 10s there.

It's China, Italy, and Germany in the top three spots respectively.

6:50 pm - Men's 10m synchro final starting shortly

Can anyone stop Yang Hao and Lian Junjie?

The Chinese pair were sublime this morning, comfortably took top seed for the final, and will enjoy the support of hundreds of China fans in the stands.

Ukrainian duo Kirill Boliukh and Oleksii Sereda looked great this morning and are heavy favourites for a medal.

Also keep an eye out for Olympic champion Matty Lee, who is competing at a major international meet for the first time alongside his British teammate Noah Williams.

Chinese supporters at 2022 FINA World Championships

6:00 pm - Olympic champions USA reach water polo semis

Reigning Olympic and world champions the United States are through to the semi-finals of the women's water polo tournament, courtesy of a hard-fought 13-8 win over Olympic silver medallists Spain.

The Europeans were only one goal down after the first two quarters, but eventually succumbed to their opponent's superior power later on in the game.

It's heartbreak for Spain, who lost to the USA in the final of the Gwangju 2019 World Championships too.

So it'll be Italy v USA in the first semi-final.

5:15 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Wang cruises to gold

Wang Zongyuan maintains China's stranglehold on the diving events in Budapest with a spectacular victory in the men's 3m springboard.

The Olympic champ finished on a mega forward 4.5 somersault tuck which received 106.4. His overall score was 561.95, almost 70 points clear of his nearest rival.

Despite over rotating on his forward 4.5 somersault tuck, three-time Olympic gold medallist Cao did enough with 66.5 to secure the silver.

Laugher pulled off another mesmeric dive to land bronze. The Brit was awarded 97.5 for his forward 2.5 somersault 3 twist pike.

Colombian Uribe Bermudez finished fourth with 457.15 - a top effort from him today.

Final results:

Gold: Wang Zongyuan (China) - 561.95

Silver: Cao Yuan (China) - 492.85

Bronze: Jack Laugher (Great Britain) - 473.30

5:02 pm - Uribe Bermudez now falters

But Uribe Bermudez can't make it count! The Colombian makes a small error and gets 66.6 for his back 2.5 somersault tuck.

To compound matters for the South American, Laugher executes a fantastic forward 4.5 somersaults tuck, and his 91.2 puts him back into third. What a dive under pressure!

Cao's back 3.5 somersault tuck gets 88.2, while leader Wang gets 86.4 for the same routine.

4.50 pm - Mistake from Laugher

Laugher is furious with himself. He lands almost flat on his back after a back 3.5 somersault routine and receives a lowly 37.8. He gets out quickly and shakes his head.

There are no such problems for Cao, who solidifies second with an inward 3.5 somersault tuck for 83.3.

Wang just needs to avoid a horrible mistake to win the gold now, and gets 89.35 for a reverse 3.5 somersault tuck.

Laugher drops down to sixth, and he'll need something special to get back into the medals. Uribe Bermudez is in the bronze medal position.

4:35 pm - Laugher edges closer to Cao

Things are really starting to sizzle at the half-way point here in Duna Arena.

Sakai is unrecognisable from the semi-final and achieves his highest score yet with a 74.80 forward 2.5 somersault 2 twist pike.

That's followed up with some fire from Uribe Bermudez, who receives 85.8.

Now to the big three and Laugher hits golden form! The Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist in this event lands a massive 91.8 for his inward 3.5 somersault tuck.

But it's not quite enough to overtake second-placed Cao, who gets 89.26 for his reverse 3.5 somersault tuck.

Finally it's another dive, another piece of poetry from Wang who's perfect forward 2.5 somersault 2 twist pike entry gets him 93.6.

At the halfway mark, Wang has 279.90, followed by Cao on 254.85, and Laugher on 246.80.

4:25 pm - Cao edges up to second

A huge roar from the French fans signifies that they like what Alexis Jandard has just done. And they're spot on - he upped the difficulty to a forward 4.5 somersaults tuck and is rewarded with 89.3.

A slight under-rotation from Laugher sees the Brit take 70.0 for that reverse 3.5 somersault tuck.

Cao switches positions with the Brit in the leaderboard with an 84.0 for his reverse 1.5 somersault 3.5 twist free. He's now second.

But both can only sit back and admire as Wang extends his lead with a brilliant reverse 1.5 somersault 3.5 twist free for 94.5. Just wow.

4:10 pm - Big three make early statement of intent

Moritz Wesemann of Germany has scratched from the final and is replaced by Spain's Alberto Arévalo Alcon.

It's a lovely start from Japan's Sakai Sho who gets 72.00 for his inward two- and-one-half somersault pike.

But that's bettered by Team GB's Jourdan Houlden and Luis Felipe Uribe Bermudez of Colombia who both get 76.5 for their forward 2.5 somersault 2 twist pike routines - this is a high-scoring start.

But the first of the big three, Jack Laugher, roars into the lead with an 85 for his forward 2.5 somersault 2 twist pike routine. That was such a clean entry into the water.

Cao Yuan of China goes conservative and gets 81.6 for his forward 2.5 somersault 2 twist pike.

But neither can hold a candle to Cao's compatriot Wang Zongyuan who takes the early lead with a 91.80 first-round inward 3.5 somersault dive.

3:50 pm - Lights, Michael Jackson, action!

It's time for the men's 3m springboard final, and the pre-competition entertainment is a beauty. A Michael Jackson impersonator has just moon walked around the arena to "Billy Jean".

The athletes are now getting introduced, and the biggest cheer is, of course, for No. 1 seed and reigning Olympic champion Wang Zongyuan. The Chinese 20-year-old acknowledges the legions of Chinese fans.

British Olympic gold medallist Jack Laugher goes into the final in second place, while another Olympic gold medallist in Cao Yuan, also of China, completes the top three.

Twelve divers, six rounds, let's go!

Wang Zongyuan is introduced at the 2022 FINA World Championships

2:00 pm: Italy through to water polo semis

Italy are the first women's water polo semi-finalists after a comfortable 17-7 win over France.

They will play the winner of Olympic champions USA v Olympic silver medallists Spain later.

1:25 pm: Matty Lee Q&A: Stepping out from Tom Daley's shadow

Matty Lee was on cloud nine after winning the men's 10m synchronised Olympic gold medal alongside Tom Daley at Tokyo 2020.

But after a few months of enjoying his deserved rewards he suddenly lost his love for diving. The sport suddenly felt foreign. caught up with the 24-year-old before the FINA 2022 World Championships to find out how he returned from the sport's wilderness to win two British titles, what Daley's advice to him was during that period, and how he is now aiming to inspire the nation again ahead of Paris 2024.

You can read that interview with Matty Lee here.

Matty Lee with his gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Picture by 2021 Getty Images

12:45 pm - Today at the water polo...

We are reaching the business end of the women's water polo event, and here are today's quarter-finals:

1:00 pm - Italy v France

4:00 pm - USA v Spain

7:30 pm - Greece v Netherlands

9:00 pm - Australia v Hungary

12:00 pm - Talk about versatility...

Most people would be satisfied with being one of the world's top athletes in their chosen discipline.

But Israeli open water swimmer Eva Fabian is ALSO an excellent musician, as she proved after yesterday's women's 5km race.

She's really added another string to her bow there. We'll show ourselves out.

11:15 am - China finish on a high

Just stand back and appreciate the greatness. Yang and Lian were already assured of a place in this evening's 10m synchronised final, and could have been forgiven for taking their foot off the peddle.

But this is diving, and China have no other gear than excellency. They are awarded 94.35 for their unbelievably technical forward 4.5 somersaults tuck (3.7 degree difficulty), to take the No. 1 seed into this evening's final with 452.25.

Here are your finalists in order of their prelims performance: China (452.25), Ukraine (393.00), Great Britain(379.26), Canada (377.88), Australia (376.65), Italy (357.00), and Brazil (354.45).

The action begins at 7:00 pm.

10:55 am - Ukraine looking strong

Oleksiy Sereda was just 14 at the last world championships, and is putting all his experience to good use here.

Alongside Kirill Boliukh, the Ukrainian's are in top place after three dives with 315.24.

Britain's Lee and Williams have found their mojo and sit once place behind them in 310.44 and are also guaranteed a place in tonight's final.

Another team motoring along nicely is Canada. Rylan Weins and Nathan Zsombor-Murray are awarded 8s and 8.5s for their synchronisation their inward 3.5 somersault tuck, and are awarded an impressive 80.64. They are now in fourth.

But Yang and Lian deliver their own 80.64 (their third score in the 80s) and take top spot, bumping the rest down a place. There was barely a splash there from the Chinese.

10:20 am - Nervous start from the Brits

Olympic champion Lee and his new diving partner Noah Williams don't have their best start ever.

They were ever so slightly out of sync in their inward 1.5 somersault pike, which only has a 2.0 degree of difficulty, and are awarded 47.5.

The top score goes to China's Yang and Lian, who are awarded 57.0 for their forward dive pike. Very classy.

But there are six rounds here before this evening's final, and absolutely no need to panic for Lee and Williams who are currently in fourth.

9:42 am - Matty Lee's gold at Tokyo 2020

Out of the eight diving gold medals on offer at Tokyo 2020, China won seven.

Matty Lee and Tom Daley did the unthinkable by breaking that win streak in the men's 10m synchronised event.

You can relive that amazing performance below.

8:52 am - In case you missed it...

A round-up of the scores in last night's men's round-of-16 water polo matches:

Montenegro 10 - 9 Japan

Georgia 7 - 13 Croatia

Italy 17 - 6 Australia

South Africa 2 - 24 USA

Check out the quarter-final clashes (29 June) below.

8:30 am - Today's programme

Good morning and welcome back to a rainy Budapest for FINA World Championships 2022 live blog.

Happily the conditions won't affect the action in the Duna Arena, where two diving medals will be won today.

First up we have the men's 10m synchronised heats, and all eyes will be on Britain's Matty Lee, who won Olympic gold in the event alongside Tom Daley at Tokyo 2020.

Lee is now diving with partner Noah Williams following Daley's break from the sport, but the new pair took out the British Championships in April and look like a force to be reckoned with.

Their toughest competitors will be Yang Hao and Lian Junjie from China.

Yang is a two-time Youth Olympic champion and two-time world champion, while Lian is a two-time mixed synchro world champion.

The finals of that event take place this evening.

But before that we have the men's 3m springboard final, where Olympic gold medallists Cao Yuan (China), Jack Laugher (Great Britain), and Wang Zongyuan (China) are locked in a fascinating three-way battle for the world title.

Here's today's diving schedule:

10:00 am - Men's 10m synchronised heats

4:00 pm - Men's 3m springboard final

7:00 pm - Men's 10m synchronised final


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