Tight schedule a 'major' problem

Sports | Associated Press 18 Jul 2019

China's golden run at the world swimming championships continued on Tuesday when it won the mixed team event diving final.

It was China's eighth consecutive diving gold at the world championships in Gwangju, with five more events to come.

Lin Shan and Yang Jian won with a total of 416.65 points and didn't face a strong challenge on their way to victory.

It was China's first gold in the mixed team event - involving 3- and 10-meter dives - since it was introduced at the world championships in 2015.

"I only knew I would compete in this event one week ago,'' said Yang, men's 10-meter platform bronze medalist in Budapest two years ago. "We did not have time to train together. The most important thing was to show our best in the competition.''

Three-time youth Olympic champion Lin was afraid of the competition when young, "but I am not anymore.''

"I tried to adjust my breath and told myself to relax. It was my first world title and also first for China in this event, I was proud of that,'' Lin said.

Russian pair Iuliia Timoshinina and Sergey Nazin took silver with 390.05, followed by Andrew Capobianco and Katrina Young of the United States with 357.60.

The best result for China until Tuesday in the mixed team event was a bronze medal in 2015 by Chen Ruolin and Xie Siyi.

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Justin Rose isn't alone in trying to adjust to a schedule that stacks one major on top of the next one during four months - the Masters in April, PGA Championship in May, US Open in June and British Open in July.

Previously, no one had to think about a major for nearly two months after the Masters. That's no longer the case with the PGA moving to May, and Rose said he's had a hard time finding a rhythm.

"I think we're all trying to adapt to this new schedule, this new rhythm of the majors, and they seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment," Rose said. "It's about trying to peak, valley and peak again. I think it's trial and error figuring out what's going to work. One major a month . . . in my opinion, they're too soon."

It hasn't affected Brooks Koepka, who won the PGA Championship and was runner-up in the Masters and US Open. No one has ever finished first or second in all four majors in the same year.

Justin Thomas can't relate to other players because he missed the PGA Championship with a wrist injury.

"But I think it's going to take a couple of years for everyone to figure out what kind of works for them and getting ready for the majors or playing in other events that maybe they didn't have the opportunity to in previous years," Thomas said.

The schedule was rearranged to allow the PGA Tour season to finish at the end of August, before football. Rose argues that majors should be "protected the most" because "that's how all of our careers ultimately are going to be measured."

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