German synchro pair claim Diving World Cup silver

Jana Rother (left) and Saskia Oettinghaus (right) claim maiden World Cup honours

German’s Saskia Oettinghaus and Jana Rother continued their nation’s medal-winning-run at the 2022 Fina Diving World Cup with synchronised 3m silver on day three in Berlin.

After silver and bronze medals on the second day of competition for their male compatriots Oettinghaus and Rother proved their podium potential by placing third after the opening round.

A strong second dive saw them move ahead of the USA – and behind China – in second and there they would remain for the following three rounds, with a combined total of 271.94 enough to secure them a maiden World Cup honour.

“We didn’t expect this and are very surprised, so we’re really happy to win this silver medal,” Ottinghaus told Fina.

Team-mate Rother added that the pair “thrived” in front of the packed crowds.

“In diving we don’t’ have many spectators in other competitions and so it was great to have our family and friends watching us with them all in the stands.”

China’s world championship gold medallists Chang Yani and Chen Yiwen scored 330.03 to take the victory, with USA’s Kristen Hayden and Brooke Schultz (257.97) third.

In the day’s other finals China continued their domination with victories in both the men’s synchronised 3m final (Lian Junjie and Yanh Hao) and women’s individual 10m platform final (Chen Yuxi).