Olympics: Who Won the Contentious Men's Diving Competition? (It Was a Shocker!)
In the closest men's diving competition since 1988, American David Boudia bested China's Qiu Bo to give an American the first gold in the sport since 2000.
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Boudia, 23, took home the gold on Saturday by just 1.80 points, scoring a total of 568.65 points in the six-dive final. Tom Daley of Britain won the Bronze with 556.95 points, after being the leader going into the final dive.
"I dreamed about this," Boudia said, according to ESPN. "It didn't even feel like I was diving it was so surreal." Former Olympian Greg Louganis, who mentored Boudia, added, "Oh my God, I don't have words for it."
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Both Boudia, a native of Noblesville, Ind., and Daley made the ultimate comeback after their preliminaries on Friday night. Boudia was in the 18th and final spot, while Daley was in 15th place. During the next qualifying round, Boudia finished third behind Qiu and his teammate Lin Yue with Daley fourth. Going into the last round, Boudia and Bo were tied for second, which Boudia wasn't even aware of.
"Probably good too because if I had known the margin my heart would've been pounding and the pressure would've been building," Boudia said. "I just went up for the last dive like I did the first five."
Boudia then earned the highest score of any dive in the final.