May 11, 2013
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former Purdue diver David Boudia won the silver medal on 10-meter platform Saturday at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix, his first meet since winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games.
China won all four gold medals awarded Saturday. Zhang Yanquan edged Boudia for the 10-meter gold, and Zhang Jun took gold in the women's 3-meter contest. He Chao and Li Shixin paired for the men's 3-meter synchro gold, with Jie Lian and Huang Xiaohui winning the women's 10-meter synchro title.
Zhang, who won gold in synchro at the 2012 Olympics, scored 521.00 points to edge out Boudia, who finished with 518.60 points. Ukraine's Oleksandr Bondar claimed the bronze with 507.50 points.
"I'm glad to be competitive with the Chinese at this stage. It's early in the quadrennium. Diving is a sport that is totally mental. This was one of the windiest days I've dove in at Fort Lauderdale in a very long time. This was a fun event, having the crowd around and USA cheering," Boudia said.
Boudia led heading into the final round, having scored 95.40 points on his back 3 1/2 pike in round five but finished the day with 7.5s and 8s for 81 points on his back 2 1/2 with 2 1/2 twists. Meanwhile, Zhang closed out his list with 9s and 9.5s for 97.50 points on the same dive to take the gold.
"That last dive has been giving me some trouble. This is the dive I won the Olympics with ... it's a complex dive, but I think I've been doing it for probably 10 years," Boudia said.
Amanda Burke scored 258.45 points to finish fifth on 3-meter in her first individual international final, with Zhang picking up 333.90 points for gold. Her teammate Jiao Liu was second (316.95), and Germany's Tina Punzel won bronze (314.25).
It was close contest for the men's 3-meter synchro gold, with He and Shixin scoring 430.38 points to beat 2008 Olympic bronze medalists Oleksiy Prygorov and Illya Kvasha of Ukraine by just 2.01 points. Mexico's Rommel Pacheco and Jahir Ocampo were third with 394.32 points. USA's Sam Dorman and Zac Nees scored 385.41 points for fifth, and Bradley Christensenand Bryce Klein were sixth at 375.51. In a special exhibition pairing, USA's Dwight Dumais and Great Britain's Nick Robinson Baker scored 374.19 points.
Jie and Huang finished atop the women's 10-meter synchro standings with 321.54 points. The Malaysian duo of Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee edged Great Britain's Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch for silver, 295.62-292.68. The U.S. did not field a team in that event.
The AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix concludes Sunday with finals in women's synchronized 3-meter, men's synchronized 10-meter, men's 3-meter and women's 10-meter.
Preliminary & Semifinal Rounds Recap
David Boudia returned to competition for the first time since the London Games on Thursday, with his performance in the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix semifinals earning him a spot in Saturday's men's 10-meter final.
The men's 10-meter final will include two other London gold medalists. China's Olympic gold-medal winning synchronized 10-meter duo of Zhang Yanquan and Cao Yuan each won their respective semifinals to advance to the AT&T Grand Prix final as well.
Boudia scored 465.85 points to finish second behind Zhang (529.65) in semifinal B.
"I wasn't nearly as sharp as I was in London, but I love being back representing Team USA," said Boudia.
Boudia was in first place through four rounds and scored more than 80 points on four of his first five dives -- highlighted by a reverse 3 ½ tuck that earned five 9s from the judges in round four -- but he missed his sixth dive, earning just 45 points on his back 2 1/2 with 2 1/2 twists.
"I could tell that one wasn't going to score well, but those things happen. And this is just a competition -- not life. These competitions are learning experiences," Boudia said.
Joining the three gold medalists in the finals will be Ukraine's Oleksandr Bondar, Canada's Maxin Bouchard and Colombia's Juan Rios.
USA's Steele Johnson also advanced to the semifinals and scored 391.95 points for fifth in semi A and 10th overall.
-- Story by Jen Lowery, USA Diving