BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — China's Li Shixin defended his title in the men's 1-meter springboard Monday, giving the world's top diving power its fourth straight world championship.

Li totaled 460.95 points through six dives at the Montjuic Municipal pool after rallying back from a sub-par start.

Four-time European champion Illya Kvasha of Ukraine took silver with 434.30, while Alejandro Chavez of Mexico won bronze with 431.55.

"When I was young my coach gave me a video about the Olympic Games in 1992," Li said. "I remember I have a dream I can stand in this pool.

"So today my dream came true and I won the championship. I feel this pool is amazing. Actually Spain is very lucky for me. Since 2005 I have been here seven times. It's like here is a second hometown. In China somebody called me 'King of Spain.'"

China has won seven of the last eight world titles in the event and two of the three in diving so far at the world championships.

Matthieu Rosset of France finished only 0.5 points behind Li in the preliminaries Saturday. Rosset looked to be in contention when he entered the fifth round in the lead, but he blew his entry and Li nailed a difficult inward pike with 2½ somersaults for a single-dive highest score of 86.70 to take command.

Rosset, who was aiming for France's first diving medal at worlds, finished in sixth place.

With Kvasha pushing, the 25-year-old Li still had to execute a tough forward pike with 3½ somersaults on the last dive of the final to ensure he retained his title.

On Saturday, Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao won the women's 3-meter synchronized springboard. The next day, China's run of three consecutive world titles in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform was broken by German pair Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding.