PERTH, AUSTRALIA, JAN. 5 -- "Daphne's little brother." That's what they call Edwin Jongejans in diving circles. At least they did, before he won a world title.
Jongejans, who has lived in the shadow of his glamorous sister and Dutch diving teammate, Daphne, surprised the favored Chinese and held off a late charge by American Mark Lenzi to win the men's one-meter springboard at today's World Swimming Championships. "Sometimes it bothers me," Jongejans said of the nickname. "But it's allowed me to stay anonymous and concentrate on my diving."
Jongejans moved past Chinese favorites Wang Yijie and Tan Liangde in the third round and stayed there. His victory was the first by a non-American in world championship men's diving since 1975, with now-retired Greg Louganis taking five of the six in three-meter springboard and platform. The one-meter is a new event. Jongejans totaled 588.51 points to Lenzi's 578.22 and Wang's 577.86.
With tendinitis in his left ankle making it painful each time he bounces on the board, Lenzi's silver medal was as unexpected as Jongejans's gold.
Men's water polo began with the United States beating Canada, 11-5. Charles Harris, David Imbernino, Chris Humbert and Robert Lynn each scored two goals for the United States.
Halfway through the compulsory figures in synchronized swimming, Canada's Sylvie Frechette leads and Americans Sarah Josephson, Karen Josephson, Becky Dyroen and Kristen Babb are second through fifth.