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Different class: China go seven for seven at world diving

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Gwangju (South Korea) (AFP)

Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen destroyed a quality field to win gold in the men's 10-metre synchro platform Monday as China's peerless divers made it seven from seven at the world championships.

Former Olympic champion Cao and Chen, the reigning Olympic king, racked up a winning total of 486.93 points in Gwangju, South Korea -- swatting aside their nearest rivals by a whopping 42 points.

Russia's Viktor Minibaev and Aleksandr Bondar took silver with Britain's Tom Daley and Lee Matthew settling for bronze after a botched fifth dive.

Earlier, favourites Shi Tingmao and Wang Han won synchro gold in the women's three-metre springboard to continue China's dominance.

Olympic champion Shi and reigning 3m mixed synchro world champion Wang produced another performance of unerring precision, scoring a total of 342.00 points -- more than 30 points clear of the field.

Canada's Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini Beaulieu took silver while Mexican pair Paola Espinosa Sanchez and Melany Hernandez Torres the bronze.

China swept a remarkable seven of eight gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and enjoyed a stranglehold again at the last world championships in Budapest two years ago, scooping eight of the 13 titles on offer.

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