Beijing, China (Sports Network) - China's Huo Liang had the top score in the semifinals of the men's 10m platform event, while fellow countryman diver Zhou Luxin was third, putting the host nation in position to sweep the diving medals at these Olympics.
China's divers have claimed seven golds in seven diving events in Beijing, capped by Chen Ruolin's victory in the women's 10-meter platform event on Thursday night.
Only the United States has ever swept the diving competition in the Olympics, with the Americans doing it five times between 1928-52 when there were fewer events.
Huo compiled 549.95 points to lead the field. Australia's Matthew Mitcham qualified second behind Huo with 532.20 points. Zhou was third with 526.20 points.
Americans David Boudia and Thomas Finchum, who qualified fifth and seventh.
Australia's Mathew Helm, the silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, qualified sixth.
08/23 01:25:48 ET