Exceptional People's Republic of China win diving gold in synchronised 3m springboard

WANG Zongyuan and XIE Siyi become Olympic champions, with USA in silver and Germany snatching bronze on last dive.

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WANG Zongyuan and XIE Siyi from People’s Republic of China didn’t put a foot wrong in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. The duo even scored three maximum 10s on their reverse dive in the second round, finishing the competition on 467.82, not far off the Olympic record of 477.

The USA’s Michael Hixon replicated his silver medal from Rio 2016 with new partner Andrew Capobianco (444.36). They had finished second to the Team GB pairing of Jack Laugher and Chris Mears in Brazil but this time it was an off day for the Brits as Laugher and new partner Daniel Goodfellow struggled with each dive, coming 7th in the event (382.80). They finished just ahead of ROC who came last after scoring zero for their final dive after a big miss from Nikita Shleikher (331.08), the first foul dive at the Olympics for 17 years.

Germany picked up the bronze medal with the final dive of the competition, pushing Mexico out of the medals. Patrick Hausding, competing at his fourth Olympic Games, and partner Lars Rudiger, competed a tucked forward 4.5 somersault, the most difficult dive possible, roaring in triumph when the scores came up and the duo saw they had made the podium. Hausding adds the medal to the bronze from Rio in the 3m individual event and silver in 10m synchro at Beijing 2008.

Yahel Castillo Huerta and Juan Manuel Celaya Hernandez, both competing at their first Olympic Games, came 4th (400.14).

Forty-year-old Japanese diver TERAUCHI Ken bows out of the Olympics, his 6th Games, coming fifth with partner, SAKAI Sho (393.93).