Chen Aisen wins gold for China in men's 10 meter platform

Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:15pm EDT
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By Brenda Goh

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Chen Aisen claimed Olympic gold in the men's 10 meter platform event on Saturday to help China take home seven out of Rio's eight diving golds, while Mexico's German Sanchez and American David Boudia took the silver and bronze.

Chen, at his first Olympics, showed consistency throughout his dives, gaining high scores to total 585.30 with his tight spins and clean entries into the water even as his rivals, including team mate Qiu Bo, stumbled.

"I didn't think I would win two gold medals," said Chen, who with Lin Yue won the 10 meter synchronized event. "I just wanted to dive well in the individual event, to show off my ability... I managed to win because I was calm throughout."

His win meant that the only diving gold China failed to take in Rio was in the men's 3 meter springboard event where they took the bronze instead.

Boudia, who won gold in London, recovered from a poor semi-final performance, where he finished 10th, to acquire 525.25 points. His final lower-scoring dive pushed him down to third position at the last minute behind Sanchez who scored 532.70.

"This dive has been a thorn in my side," Boudia said of his sixth dive, a forward 4-1/2 somersaults tuck, which gave him his lowest score of 68.45.

"My take-off is absolutely perfect but I cannot find the bottom to save the life of me. But I chose to do it at the end of this competition because I wanted that pressure... It didn't go my way this time," he said.

For some at home in Mexico, Sanchez's second place was a surprise as he had gone into the final in ninth place and had finished the earlier synchronized event with partner Ivan Garcia in fifth. Garcia had qualified third from the semi-final but eventually finished 10th.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Diving - Men's 10m Platform Final - Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016.  Chen Aisen (CHN) of China celebrates winning the gold. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth