China wins gold in men's 10 meter synchronized diving

Mon Aug 8, 2016 6:49pm EDT
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By Joshua Schneyer

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - China's Lin Yue and Chen Aisen won gold in men’s 10 meter synchronized diving at the Rio Games on Monday, keeping alive the country's goal of a clean sweep in all eight events.

The world champion Chinese duo were the favorites to win, but it was the first time they have dived together at an Olympics.

Steele Johnson and David Boudia of the United States took the silver medal. Britain's Thomas Daley and Daniel Goodfellow won bronze, edging out a German duo on their last dive.

Across six dives, China scored highest in every dive but one.

"I won't say it was perfect, but we really did our best today," said Lin, 25, who also won a gold medal in the 10 meter synchronized event at the 2008 Beijing Games with another partner, Huo Liang.

With Monday's performance, Lin became the first diver to win repeat Olympic gold medals in the event.

The duo won by a wide margin, earning a final score of 496.98. The U.S. team ended with 457.11 points.

Lin and Chen, who have picked up various world titles together, received several perfect 10s from judges on their fifth dive, a forward 4.5 somersault with a high degree of difficulty.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Diving - Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Victory Ceremony - Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 08/08/2016.Chen Aisen (CHN) and Lin Yue (CHN) of China (PRC) pose with their medals.  REUTERS/David Gray