The main part of the FINA Diving World cup for FINA Development Center fellows has been completed. There is one Olympic qualification and 14th place on the semi-final stage from a Venezuelan athlete.
FINA World Cup in Tokyo is undoubtedly the most important diving competition in the last 2 years. It should be borne in mind that for athletes this week at the World Cup is a key one in many aspects:
Firstly, it is an opportunity to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo;
Secondly , to test the competitive mode among the best divers in the world;
Third, prepare personal dive program for the upcoming big starts.
For Kazan's FINA Development Center, the most intense program at these competitions was the 10 meter platform, where 4 out of 5 scholarship holders competed in the preliminary stage this Monday:
1) The main success of the day is the performance of Oscar Ariza, from Venezuela. "In addition to a strong competitive diving program, Oscar pleased me with a very strong level of training and fighting character..." - commented the head coach of the FINA Development Center Pavel Muyakin.
As a result of his performance at the preliminary stage, Oscar earned 394.35 points and took 17th place, which allowed the athlete to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo!
A wonderful result for Oscar.
In the semifinal session, the Venezuelan diver improved his performance: in the end 402.9 points. But for qualifying to the final part of the World Cup, an offensive two points were not enough. Taking into account that Oscar has only recently joined the development program, he is expected to work hard together with Pavel Muyakin to prepare for the Olympics!
2) The second very good result for the scholarship program was the performance of the Colombian diver Alejandro Solarte (382.70). Out of 6 dives, he showed a clean performance on the two most difficult ones. The coach of the FINA Center left a comment after Alejandro's competition: "Indeed, we all counted on direct qualification for the Olympics, taking into account that the program was honed and prepared well. A very disappointing shortfall of 10 points on simple dives. But his difficult once are perfectly executed…»
As for Alejandro's qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo there are questions, the decision will be made closer to June. We are confident that his preparation and progress in general deserves Olympic participation.
3) The third significant result was the performance of our young athlete from Cuba – Carlos Ramos. Despite the age of Carlos, the competitive program on complex coefficients performed well. The result is 347.85 points. Earlier, Pavel Muyakin spoke about the need for psychological readiness and stability at large competitions, but yesterday the athletes were able to show it, but further work is needed to stabilize the mood. Carlos ' future will be bright if he continues to work hard, as he did before the World Cup in Tokyo.
4) We also highlight the performance of another young athlete from Venezuela – Jesus Gonzalez, who arrived at the FINA Center 3 weeks ago. In the preliminary stage, he earned 312.15 points. This is not his best performance, but as the head coach of the FINA Center noted, Jesus did not have enough time to fully prepare with a serious competitive program, but he has good potential and physical abilities, so the result should come soon, if there is a full return on the training process.
Most of the team has already completed its performance at the FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo. Tomorrow we will see the final part of the competition, where the most experienced FINA Development Center scholarship holder, Frandiel Gomez from the Dominican Republic, will compete on the men's 3-meter springboard.
The coaching staff expects to see the strongest performance from Frandiel, because on the way to the World Cup, he did a lot of work that deserves the highest positions and qualifications for the Tokyo Olympics.