DGP 2013, Fort Lauderdale day 3: China's Zhang Jun and Yanquan Zhang take gold in 3m and 10m events
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) won the silver medal on 10m Saturday at the FINA 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 10m gold, and Zhang Jun took gold in the women’s 3m contest. He Chao and Li Shixin paired for the men’s 3m synchro gold, with Jie Lian and Huang Xiaohui winning the women’s 10m 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 3.5 pike in round five but finished the day with 7.5s and 8s for 81 points on his back 2.5 with 2.5 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 (Southampton, Pa.) scored 258.45 points to finish fifth on 3m 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 3m 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 (Tempe, Ariz.) and Zac Nees (Hatfield, Pa.) scored 385.41 points for fifth, and Bradley Christensen (Southlake, Texas) and Bryce Klein (Southlake, Texas) were sixth at 375.51.
Jie and Huang finished atop the women’s 10m 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.
(USA Diving Press Release)