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Russian tops 2 Chinese divers for gold

London, England (Sports Network) - Russia's Ilya Zakharov became the first non-Chinese diver to win a gold medal at the London Olympics.

Zakharov used a big final dive Tuesday night to beat Qin Kai and He Chong to win the men's 3-meter springboard.

Qin and He finished second and third in that order, the first time in six diving events here that China failed to win gold.

German Patrick Hausding was fourth and American Troy Dumais finished fifth.

Zakharov scored 104.50 on his final dive, a forward 4 1/2 somersault in the tuck position. He was one of only two divers to break 100 on the night -- giving him 555.90 points.

It was the first Olympics since 1992 that China didn't win gold in the event.

"I'm delighted. I am feeling too many emotions, so I don't know what to say," said Zakharov. "I'm so pleased that I managed to take a medal away from China."

Qin ended 14.15 points back and He was 31.75 off the pace for bronze.

08/07 18:05:44 ET


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