Diving: Asiad champions to compete at Fina Diving Grand Prix in Singapore

Some of the biggest names in diving, including Incheon Asian Games gold medallists Chen Aisen (left) and Zhang Yanquan, will be making a splash in Singapore from Oct 17 to 19 when the Fina Diving Grand Prix takes place for the first time in Asia at t
Some of the biggest names in diving, including Incheon Asian Games gold medallists Chen Aisen (left) and Zhang Yanquan, will be making a splash in Singapore from Oct 17 to 19 when the Fina Diving Grand Prix takes place for the first time in Asia at the OCBC Aquatic Centre. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

Some of the biggest names in diving will be making a splash in Singapore from Oct 17 to 19, when the Fina Diving Grand Prix takes place for the first time in Asia at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The Singapore Swimming Association has announced that a total of 46 divers from nine countries will compete in the men's and women's 3m springboard, 10m platform, synchronised 3m springboard and synchronised 10m platform events.

Among them will be China's Zhang Yanquan and Chen Aisen, who paired up to win gold in the men's synchronised 10m platform event at the Incheon Asian Games.

Their compatriots Liu Huixia and He Chao, who won Asiad gold in the women's synchronised 10m platform and men's 3m springboard events respectively in Korea, will also parade their skills in Singapore.

The Chinese quartet will be joined by Malaysia's Ooi Tze Liang, the men's 3m springboard champion at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and Pandelela Rinong - the first female Malaysian athlete to win an Olympic medal.

Singapore will be represented at the event by twin brothers Mark and Timothy Lee, Myra Lee, Fong Kay Yian, Ashlee Tan and Jonathan Chan.

"Diving fans in Singapore will be treated to a spectacle as they will get to see the newly crowned 2014 Incheon Asian Games gold medallists Chen Aisen, Zhang Yanquan, Liu Huixia and He Chao competing here in Singapore," said Lee Kok Choy, president of the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA).

William Lee, SSA's vice-president (diving), added: "This is also testament to the amazing development of diving in Singapore to be able to host such a prestigious event. It is truly an awesome spectacle not to be missed."