Rostock, 14 June 2015 - Nothing could have been done to stop Germany’s Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding on the final day of the Arena European Diving Championships in Rostock: the defending champions claimed the title in the 10m synchro event for the eighth time in a row, collecting a total of 458,10 points. In the women’s events, Italy’s Tania Cagnotto continued her winning series to earn her third gold medal in her third competition in Rostock.

Celebrating a “hat-trick”, Cagnotto took the title in the 3m springboard event with a total of 350.20 points to her name. She relegated Kristina Ilinykh from Russia and German Tina Punzel to second and third place respectively. Cagnotto already earned the gold medals in the 1m (291.20) and in the synchro 3m (313.08) together with Francesca Dallapè. This was is Cagnotto’s 25th European Championships medal, 17 of them are gold.

“I was trying to collect 350 points and this worked out perfectly. Well, the title isn’t so important, scoring the points is what counted for me. I already claimed three gold medals at European Championships – in Turin in 2009”, said the 30-year old Italian, who also received her fifth LEN Award since 2009 as “Diver of the Year 2014” in Rostock. Germany’s Patrick Hausding received the LEN Award for the second time after 2013.

Together with his partner Sascha Klein, Hausding wrote a chapter of diving history on the final day of the European Championships – the two are undefeated in the synchro platform events at the Europeans since 2008. This is a unique winning series in European diving. Russia’s Victor Minibaev and Roman Izmailov (435.84) as well as Maksym Dolgov and Oleksandr Gorshkovozov of Ukraine (430.26) earned the silver and bronze medals respectively.

“We had some ups and downs in the prelims but we were able to be up in the final,” said Klein. It was Hausding’s third medal in Rostock – after a silver in the Team Event together with Maria Kurjo (399.15) and a bronze in the 3m synchro together with Stephan Feck (419.73). All in all, Hausding’s European Championships collection now comprises 26 medals – he is therefore second to none.

First quota places for the Olympics 2016 go to France, Germany, Italy and the Ukraine

The first quota places for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro went to France (thanks to Matthieu Rosset/3m springboard), Germany (Martin Wolfram/10m platform), Italy (Tania Cagnotto/3m springboard) and Ukraine (Iuliia Prokopchuk/10m platform).

For the first time, LEN offered prize money to the European Championships medal winners. Additionally, LEN supported all nations competing in Rostock with an extra payment for travel expenditures. The financial contribution amounted about 100,000 Euro.

Russia (223 points) won the “Championships Trophy” ahead of Ukraine (180) and host Germany (155).

The city of Rostock and the German Swimming Federation, DSV, saw great events at Neptun Schwimmhalle. The Hanseatic city hosted the Europeans for the second time after 2013. Including Berlin 2014 the German Swimming Federation welcomed the European diving elite for the third consecutive time. Next year the European Championships will be staged at the “London Aquatics Centre”. The venue of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games will also see the swimming and synchronised swimming events on May 9-22.

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