Olympic gold medalist in diving Matty Lee will look to win the men’s 10m platform on the final day of the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest.
But the British champion will have to be at his best to beat the Chinese Yang Haoand the 15 year old Japanese sensation Tamai Rikuto.
In women’s synchronized 3m, yesterday’s women’s 3m springboard champion Chen Yiwen teams up with the bronze medalist Chang Yani and they have every chance of maintaining China’s perfect diving record at these championships.
If China wins both diving medals today, they will overtake the United States for the overall gold medals in the Hungarian capital.
Back in the water polo arena, we’ll have the men’s bronze medal game between Greece and Croatiabefore Italy and Spain lock the horns in the gold medal game.
Olympics.com is streaming live updates all day from Budapest, which you can relive below.
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What an amazing way to end the penultimate day of action here at the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest.
1:20 p.m. – Hungary in place at half-time
The Hungarian men are looking to end their water polo campaign on a high.
The hosts are currently 4-2 against Montenegro at half-time in this 7th/8th place tie.
Although no medals were awarded here, another fantastic crowd turned out to support their team in sunny Budapest.
12:00 p.m. – Chen and Chang take seed #1
This is another solid effort from Chen and Changwho won the preliminaries with a total of 317.73 after a forward somersault of 2.5 1 pike twist with 71.10.
No one even came close to them in any of the five towers – quite superb.
Second place overall goes to Keney and Smith with a 65.7 for the same routine, for 287.04 overall. They found a nice consistency there.
Hentschel and Punzel took third place with 282.87, also with three jumps in the 60s, while fourth place Valley and Erlam will be satisfied with their 282.60.
Joining them in the final tonight will be the Japanese duo Mikami Sayaka and Kaneto Rin, Sabri and Ng, and the USA Brooke Shultz and Kristen Hayden.
11:50 a.m. – Keeney and Smith enter the top three
Chen and Chang turn up the heat with a 3.5 forward pike somersault that is awarded 75.33, and they are all but assured of a spot in tonight’s final.
After a slow start, Australia Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith find a nice timing to land a jump worth 63.24 for the same routine. They are up to the second.
But Sabri and Ng doesn’t find much success on the same dive, with Sabri entering the water long before her partner. They fall with a 54.87.
11:10 a.m. – China on the way for a diving flyer
The women’s 3m synchro preliminaries started like all the others before them in Budapest: with China setting the standard.
Yesterday’s individual hill medalists Chen Yiwen and Chang Yani took the lead with 171.30 at the halfway mark.
They look relaxed there, and the pick of their three winning dives so far was a 2.5 inside somersault pike worth 71.1.
Thirty points below them in second place is Malaysia Nour Dhabitah Sabri and Yan Yee Ngwho started cautiously with two jumps in the 40s before nailing the somersault pike inside 2.5 and getting 68.4.
But it’s very tight for this third place with Germany Lena Hentschel and Tina Punzel three points in fourth position, while the individual silver medalist Mia Valley and her Canadian teammate Margo Erlam are doing well in fifth.
10:15 a.m. – Medal table
China have won all the diving titles in Budapest so far.
As a result, they have shot up the medal table and are now just two gold medals away from the United States.
And would you believe it, there are two more diving competitions today.
However, USA’s far superior medal count overall means they are safely at the top of the pile for 2022.
2022 FINA World Championships Medal Table
9:20 a.m. – Matty Lee: Finding his fire
Matty Lee will compete in the men’s 10m platform final tonight, having grown as an athlete and a man since winning gold alongside Tom Daley at Tokyo 2020.
The 24-year-old previously focused solely on the synchronized event, but after becoming an Olympic champion his love of diving began to fade.
Lee struggled mentally, but after reaching out to as many athletes as possible, he was able to get back on track and rediscover his love for the sport as a synchronized and individual athlete.
See our exclusive chat with him below.
8:45 – About last night…
It was a cauldron of atmosphere at the crowded Alfréd Hajós National Swimming Stadium last night, with a very partisan home crowd.
Hungary mounted a late fightback in the final quarter to make it a one-point game, but the defending Olympic champions UNITED STATES finally had the experience of winning a fourth consecutive world title.
Madeleine Mousselman remained calm under immense pressure to nail two crucial penalties.
8:30 a.m. – Program of the day
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the FINA World Championships 2022 in Budapest.
It’s day 16, the last day of action, but don’t despair because there are still three medals to be won.
First up we have the women’s 3m synchronized heats and final, where yesterday’s individual springboard gold and bronze medalists, Chen Yiwen and Chang Yani respectively, have teamed up to take the favorites tag.
The final diving event of the competition is the men’s 10m platform final, where the British champion Matty Lee will lock the horns once again against the likes of china Yang Hao16 year old Ukrainian Oleksii Seredaand 16 years old Tamai Rikuto from Japan.
In water polo we have the men’s gold medal match between Italy and Spain, in what is a repeat of the 2019 final.
Here is today’s dive schedule:
11:00 a.m. – Women’s 3m synchronized heats
3:00 p.m. – Women’s 3m synchronized final
5:00 p.m. – Men’s 10m high-flying final