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China wins 3rd diving gold in 3 events

London, England (Sports Network) - China is 3-for-3 in diving events at the London Olympics after Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao won gold Tuesday in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform.

The Chinese pair, heavy favorites going into the event, were in third place after the first dive but led following each of the last four.

Mexico's Alejandra Orozco Loza and Paola Espinosa Sanchez won silver bolstered by a good third dive and Canada's Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito earned bronze.

Chen won both platform events in Beijing, including the synchro with Wang Xin. She and Wang Hao scored the most points in the eight-team field on three of the last four dives, finishing with 368.40. It was Wang Hao's first Olympics.

"I just told her, 'Don't be too nervous,' but I think having moderate amounts of stress has its advantage," said Chen.

Orozco Loza and Espinosa Sanchez ended 25.08 points out of the gold and 5.70 ahead of the Canadians.

Great Britain's Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch led after the first dive, but fell to second after the next dive and sixth after the third. They ended fifth.

"We would have needed a personal best to get a medal as the top three dived absolutely brilliant," said Couch. "We can't be too down because we scored the highest we ever have. The top three deserve it."

Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan won the men's 10-meter synchronized platform Monday and Wu Minxia and He Zi captured the women's synchronized 3-meter springboard Sunday.

Indeed, China is only adding to its stranglehold on the sport. It entered the games having won all eight events at worlds and 13 of the previous 16 Olympic gold medals, including seven of the eight in Beijing.

The United States, with two medals here already after going since 2000 without one, didn't have a team in the event Tuesday.

07/31 12:19:09 ET


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