Chinese divers - making their first-ever visit ti Europe - won both events on the opening day of the Martini International competition in London on Tuesday (25 November).
SV Li Kong-Zeng (China) diving in the men's competition at Crystal Palace, London
SV Dieter Waskow (East Germany) diving.
SV Greg Lougarnis (USA) diving.
SV Li Kong-Zeng diving in the second round.
CU & GV Chen Xiaoxia in the ladies competition. (2 SHOTS)
CU & GV T Belyakova (USSR) diving in the ladies competition. (2 SHOTS)
SV Winners of men's competition on rostrum.
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Background: Chinese divers - making their first-ever visit ti Europe - won both events on the opening day of the Martini International competition in London on Tuesday (25 November). In winning the men's springboard and the women's highboard against top-class opposition, the Chinese confirmed their status as the new power in international diving.
SYNOPSIS: Li Kong-Zeng, a 21-year-old student, won the men's springboard event with a superb set of voluntary dives.
The strong showing by the Chinese relegated the leading European divers into minor placing. The Soviet Olympic champion, Aleksandr Portnow, withdrew because of an injury, but the East German number one, Dieter Waskow, took third place.
Greg Lougarnis of the United States, widely regarded as the world's best diver, led for most of the competition.
But Lougarnis came out flat in his final dive and was marked down heavily - leaving him in second place, point-two-seven behind Li Kong-Zeng.
The Chinese team have only performed twice before outside China, but there have been rumours for many years of their strength and potential.
Chen Xiaozia won the women's highboard - an event she also won at the World Student Games.
Chen was almost 25 points in front of Belyakova of the Soviet Union in second place.
It was an auspicious European debut for the Chinese team.