Hosts Germany enjoyed a strong start to the 2022 Fina Diving World Cup as European championship medallists Timo Barthel and Lou Messenberg paired up to claim silver, before team-mate Moritz Wesemann secured bronze on the opening day in Berlin.
Barthel and Messenberg , who only began training together earlier this month, were in third in the men’s synchronised 10m platform final after the first of six rounds and produced a great battle with USA and Colombia for the minor medals.
China’s world championship gold medal-winning duo Lian Junjie and Yang Hao were the overwhelming favourites for another victory and delivered a typically commanding performance, scoring a total of 444.84 from their six routines.
Barthel and Messenberg were in the silver medal position after the second, third and fourth rounds before dropping down the standings. A strong final dive, combined with a mistake by the USA men daw the German pair return to second.
They scored a total of 345.33 with Colombia (335.88) third.
“It’s really special for me as it’s my home pool and I have family and friends here,” Messenberg told Fina. “I enjoyed diving here with a great atmosphere and I’m proud.”
Team-mate Barthel, who has claimed World synchronised 3m bronze and European synchronised 10m bronze during 2022, added that he was “over the moon.”
“It’s so important for us here in Germany and as I’ve only had 10 days of training, just three with him (Messenberg) and now we win silver, it’s just unbelievable!”
Later in the day Wesemann made a stunning comeback after placing seventh in the opening round of the men’s individual 3m springboard final.
He improved round-by-round and two impressive final two routines helped him to a total of 432.40 and third place behind China’s Wang Zongyuan (562.20) and Cao Yuan (513.85).
“I didn’t expect it, but I hoped for it and this result is pretty awesome,” said the German, who was fourth in the event at the LEN Europeans in August.
“I have a lot of motivation for next year at the Worlds to qualify for the Olympics and hopefully I will compete there and have a chance to get a place for Germany.”
The 2022 Diving World Cup in Berlin is being run in conjunction with a Fina Swimming World Cup event, the first time in history that both sports have taken place in the same venue.
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