Swimming: Five-star Xie claims China's fourth diving gold

Xie Siyi posing with his gold medal.
Xie Siyi posing with his gold medal.PHOTO: AFP

KAZAN, Russia (AFP) - Teenager Xie Siyi claimed China's fourth straight diving gold on Monday as Chinese divers won the men's 1m springboard title for the fifth world championships running.

The 19-year-old took the title with a total of 485.50pts, beating off a strong challenge from Ukraine's Illya Kvasha, the 2013 silver medallist in the event, who collected 339.05pts over the six rounds while Mike Hixon of the USA won bronze with 428.30pts.

Kvasha had the consolation of becoming the first non-Chinese diver to claim multiple medals in men's 1m springboard at world championships.

China have now won all of the men's 1m springboard titles at the last five world championships - and eight of the last nine.

"I did not expect to win the gold. It is my first world championships, I thought a medal should be good for me because I have just turned to springboard for about six months," said Xie.

"I was a platform diver before I broke my right ankle in early 2014.

"I had to change to springboard due to the injury at the beginning of this year.

"I will try my best in my next mixed team event together with Olympic champion Chen Ruolin".

Having swept up all ten titles on offer when the 2011 world aquatic championships were held in Shanghai, Chinese divers have won all three diving golds up for grabs so far in Kazan.

Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao won the world 3m women's synchronised diving gold on Saturday the same day Si Yajie and Tai Xiaohu, both just 17, won the mixed synchro 10-metre title.

On Sunday, Chen Aisen and Lin Yue won the men's 10m platform gold.