At the 15th FINA World Championship, July 19-August 4, in Barcelona, Spain, Illya Kvasha placed 2nd in the Men’s 1m Springboard competition and Iuliia Prokopchuk placed 3rd in the Women’s 10m Platform competition. Based on the difficulty and execution of their dives, Kvasha’s final score was 434.30 while Prokopchuk finished with the score of 358.40.
Originally, there were 43 competitors in the Men’s 1m Springboard competition where the 12 highest scores continued to the final. While Kvasha had the highest score in the 4th round of the diving final, it was not enough to overcome China’s Shixin Li, who won the final two rounds and placed 1st overall.
Kvasha also competed in the Men’s 3m Springboard competition. While he achieved the highest score in the 4th round of the final, it was not enough to earn a spot in the medals stand, and placed 4th overall.
On the women’s side, Prokopchuk moved into a podium position on her last dive and was “absolutely surprised,” reports the International Swimming Federation (FINA). Overall, there were 36 women competing in which China’s Yajie Si and Ruolin Chen took first and second place respectively. Prokopchuk could not be happier though, concluding her FINA interview with “I can finally go on holiday.”
Kvasha is well-known in the diving community with many major championships to his name. At the 2008 Olympic Games, Kvasha and his partner, Oleksiy Prygorov, took bronze in the 3m Spring Springboard Synchronized event. Also, Kvasha took gold in the 1m Springboard competition at the 2008 European Championship in Eindhoven, 2010 European Championship in Budapest, 2012 European Championship in Eindhoven, and 2013 European Championship in Rostock.
Prokopchuk is also an extremely accomplished diver competing in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Her major accomplishments include silver in the 10m Synchronized event at the European Aquatics Championship and gold in the 10m Platform and Mixed events at the 2013 European Diving Championships in Rostock. Along with Kvasha’s and Prokopchuk’s success at Rostock, Ukraine’s team placed first overall winning four gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.
FINA World Championship has events in swimming, diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. The first championship was held in 1973 and is now held every two years. In total medals won since 1973, Ukraine is ranked 12th with nine gold, five silver, and eight bronze. In 2015, the FINA World Championship will be held in Kazan, Russia.
Source: WNU Ukraine