August 21, 2008 / 1:26 PM / in 9 years

Emilie Heymans takes silver in women's 10m platform gold

BEIJING (Reuters) - Fifteen-year-old Chen Ruolin won the women’s platform final on Thursday and brought China to the brink of the first sweep of Olympic diving titles in more than half a century.

<p>Emilie Heymans of Canada competes in the women's 10m platform diving preliminary round at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 20, 2008. REUTERS/Jason Reed</p>

Chen prevailed in a desperately close duel with Canada’s Emilie Heymans to give China their seventh Beijing diving title, with one event to come.

Chen overhauled Heymans with the last dive of the night to win gold with 447.70 points from her five final dives. Heymans claimed silver with 437.05 and world champion Wang Xin of China bronze with 429.90.

The men’s platform final brings the eight-event Beijing diving program to an end on Saturday. The United States completed their last Olympic diving sweep in 1952.

Writing by Derek Parr; editing by Alison Williams

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