August 19, 2008 / 2:44 PM / 9 years ago

Alexandre Despatie takes diving silver

BEIJING (Reuters) - Canada’s Alexandre Despatie, world champion in 2005, claimed the silver medal in the three-meter springboard event on Tuesday. He Chong captured China’s sixth gold medal in six Beijing Olympic diving events.

He, who won the event at this year’s World Cup, brought China their fourth consecutive Olympic gold in the men’s springboard which he dominated with a fizzing set of high-scoring dives.

He amassed 572.90 points from his six final dives to clinch the title which he had looked destined to win from round one.

Despatie claimed the silver with 536.65. World champion Qin Kai, who won gold with Wang Feng in the synchronized springboard, took bronze with 530.10. (Writing by Derek Parr; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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