27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Simple dives are harder to do, says diver Kuznetsov

The Russian diver Evgeny Kuznetsov believes that simple dives are harder to perform from a psychological point of view, as they influence the allocation of medals.



Universiade. Day 7. Synchronised diving. Final © RIA Novosti

On Friday Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov became champions of the Kazan Universiade in the 3m springboard diving event. This is a second victory for Kuznetsov in Kazan. “The worst dive was the half (turn) with a screw forward, the second jump in the programme. It’s very simple, but unfortunately simplicity causes more problems than complexity. The compulsory dives with a low difficulty coefficient are important, because they sometimes decide the medal results,” Evgeny Kuznetsov told journalists.

Zakharov added that, in training, he and Kuznetsov get very nervous when “dives which need to be done perfectly don’t turn out”. The next event for the Russians will be the FINA World Championships, which begin on July 19th in Barcelona. “Now will have three days at Round Lake (the Moscow training centre) – it’s an excellent base. There we’ll rest, do some light training, and get accustomed to the outdoor pool. A day would be enough to correct today’s flaws, and we have a week,” Kuznetsov said, smiling.

For his partner Zakharova this victory at the Summer Universiade 2013 is the first of his career. "Yes, now I have a gold at the Universiade, but the last little bit wasn’t quite good enough. And I can add to that the silver in the team competition. We led first, and then our results went downhill. Today we had to win 67 points from China, but this was unrealistic, " concluded Zakharov.


R-Sport, 12 July 2013