MÉRIDA, YUCATÁN – The 2015 Diving World Series started in March in Beijing, China, and following stops in Dubai, Russia, England and Canada, will reach its finale in Mérida on May 29, 30, and 31.
The FINA Diving World Series is a high-profile competition which offers an annual meeting opportunity for the world’s brightest diving stars. This prestigious and exclusive event invites internationally-recognized divers, mostly medalists from previous Olympics, World Championships and World Cups.
From March to May, around 70 divers exhibit their prowess in a six-leg competition format which features ten events: women’s and men’s 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro. The 2015 edition features for the first time 2 mixed events, 3m and 10m synchro. Total prize money of US$ 1,590,000 is distributed in the Series.
Launched in 2007 by diving powerhouses Great Britain, China and Mexico, other countries have since joined the “club” as host organizers: Canada, Qatar, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, boosting the sport’s exposure on the international scene.
The event in Mérida features some big names in the diving world, the most famous of whom is probably Britain’s Tom Daley, bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympics in London, who took the gold in the men’s 10m platform in the London event during the current tour. Mexican stars Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez will be providing tough competition and hoping for a win on their home soil.
The venue will be the Diving Pool, Kukulcan, Sport and Recreation Complex, Calle 6 X Circuito Colonias no. 315, Unidad Morelos, Mérida. Tel: 940 03 06 & 940 06 76. Tickets (which according to the venue are free of charge) can be obtained daily on request between 8:00 am and 7:30 pm.
The full program of events for the competition can be seen online here: http://www.fina.org/H2O/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4182&Itemid=1336
By Stewart Mandy
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