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Boudia Places Third in Semis to Advance to 10-Meter Finals

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM David Boudia looks to follow up his silver medal performance at the 2011 World Championships with an individual Olympic medal in London.
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David Boudia looks to follow up his silver medal performance at the 2011 World Championships with an individual Olympic medal in London.
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Aug. 11, 2012


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LONDON -- 10 a.m. ET Saturday -- Former Purdue diver David Boudia rebounded from a lackluster showing in the preliminary round by placing third in Saturday's semifinals to advance to the finals of the 10-meter platform at the Olympics Games. The event medalists will be determined by today's 3:30 p.m. ET final round.

NBCOlympics.com will offer a live video webcast and live results of the final round competition. Highlights of the 12-man round will also be televised via tape delay Saturday night at NBC, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Boudia posted a six-dive score of 531.15 Saturday morning, scoring no lower than 82.80 on any of his dives. He earned two awards of 90-plus points. By comparison, in Friday's preliminary round when he was the last of the 18 divers to advance to the semis, he had three sub-80 scores on the way to a round total of 439.15.

Boudia's synchronized 10-meter partner Nick McCrory also advanced to the finals after placing seventh in the semifinals. The top 12 performers in the semifinals advanced to the final. The Chinese duo of Qui Bo and Lin Yue finished 1-2 in the semis.

Team USA has not won an individual diving medal since Laura Wilkinson won gold in the 10-meter platform at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Mark Lenzi's bronze in the 3-meter springboard at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta marked the last individual medal by an American man. Scott Donie's silver at the 1992 Olympics marked the last time an American man medaled in the 10-meter platform.

LONDON -- 5:15 p.m. ET Friday -- Former Purdue diver David Boudia did not have his best day of competition but still managed to advance to the semifinals of the 10-meter platform at the Olympic Games, finishing in 18th place among a field of 32 divers. The top 18 finishers advanced to the semifinals, set for Saturday at 5 a.m. ET.

Scores do not carry over from round to round so Boudia will have opportunity to comeback Saturday morning for a fresh start. A lackluster score of 44.55 on the fourth dive of his list kept him on the bubble to advance until the end of the sixth and final round. Boudia responded with a score of 81 on his fifth dive but his award of 70.20 on his sixth and final dive no doubt made for some nervous moments as the preliminary round was completed.

Boudia finished with a six-dive score of 439.15. Malaysia's Bryan Nickson Lomas was 19th with a score of 434.95.

Boudia's synchronized 10-meter partner Nick McCrory advanced to the semifinals as well, placing eighth with a score of 480.90.

LONDON -- Already a bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympic Games, former Purdue diver David Boudia begins the individual 10-meter platform competition Friday (Aug. 10) at 2 p.m. ET. Medal winners will be determined by Saturday's final round, set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

The men's 10-meter platform preliminary round is scheduled to feature 32 competitors. The top 18 finishers advance to the semifinals, which are set for Saturday at 5 a.m. ET. The final round will feature the top 12 competitors.

NBCOlympics.com will provide live coverage of all three rounds of competition. NBC will include highlights via tape delay of the preliminary and final rounds during its nightly 8 p.m. to midnight ET coverage Friday and Saturday. The 1:30-5:30 a.m. ET overnight coverage on NBC will also feature diving.

Boudia is scheduled to dive 25th among the 32 divers in the preliminaries. He won his bronze medal in the synchronized 10-meter platform with partner Nick McCrory, July 30. It marked the first time an American duo medaled in the event since synchronized diving was added to the Olympic program in 2000. McCrory finished second to Boudia in the individual 10-meter platform competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June and is also among the 32 entries at the Olympics. McCrory is scheduled to dive 22nd in the prelims.

Boudia won silver from the 10-meter platform at the FINA World Championships last summer in China. He became the first American male to medal in the event at the World Championships since 1986. The other medalists in that competition, China Qui Bo (gold) and Germany's Sascha Klein (bronze), are scheduled to dive in the two slots after Boudia in Friday's preliminary round.

USA Diving has won three medals at the London Olympics, all in synchronized diving. Besides Boudia and McCrory, Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston won silver in the women's synchronized 3-meter springboard and Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais took bronze in the men's synchronized 3-meter. As expected, China has dominated the diving events at the London Olympics. However, Russia's Ilya Zakharov won gold in the men's individual 3-meter springboard to prevent a potential gold medal sweep of the eight diving events by the Chinese.

Team USA has not won an individual diving medal since Laura Wilkinson won gold in the 10-meter platform at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Mark Lenzi's bronze in the 3-meter springboard at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta marked the last individual medal by an American man. Scott Donie's silver at the 1992 Olympics marked the last time an American man medaled in the 10-meter platform.

As a 19-year-old in 2008, Boudia placed 10th individually in the 10-meter platform. Purdue head diving coach Adam Soldati is also in London serving as a staff assistant for the USA Diving coaching staff as well as Boudia's personal coach.

The Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games is Sunday.