China leads women's 3-meter synchro after prelims

By BETH HARRIS | July 15, 2011 | 11:59 PM EDT

Malaysia's Mun Yee Leong and Yan Yee Ng dive during the women's 3m Synchro Springboard event at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, Saturday, July 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

SHANGHAI (AP) — Host country China is on the way to its first gold medal of the world championships, with divers Wu Minxia and He Zi taking the lead after the women's 3-meter synchronized springboard preliminaries.

Wu and He led after each of the five rounds and totaled 324.90 points Saturday. They received the loudest cheers from the mostly Chinese fans who withstood oppressive humidity to watch the outdoor competition at the Oriental Sports Complex.

Anna Pysmenska and Olena Fedorova of Ukraine were second with 291.90 points and Italians Francesca Dallape and Tania Cagnotto were third with 288.30.

Americans Christina Loukas and Kassidy Cook were tied for sixth with Germany.

The top 12 teams advanced to the final later Saturday.