Olympic Diving 2012: China Will Continue Dominance over the World

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Olympic Diving 2012: China Will Continue Dominance over the World
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Four years after falling one gold medal short of sweeping the diving competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China will look to continue their dominance over the world off the diving board.

They got off to a great start in the women's synchronized three-meter springboard on Sunday, when Wu Minxia and He Zi easily took the gold with a score of 346.20 points.

China will look to duplicate the success they had at the World Championships in Shanghai last year when they won every gold medal.

The talent is all there for the Chinese from top to bottom, and there are few threats among the competition who could challenge their dominance.

In 2008 the only category that China failed to take the gold in was the men's 10-meter platform, when Australia's Matthew Mitcham pulled off the upset.

Mitcham is back to defend his title in London, but he will have a tough time overcoming China's Qiu Bo, the 2011 FINA Male Diver of the Year.

The 19-year-old Bo is arguably the most talented member of the China's juggernaut diving team, and he is one of the most exciting athletes in the Olympics, period.

Chen Ruolin is the 19-year-old superstar on the women's side, and she should take the gold in the 10-meter platform and then team with Wang Hao for the synchronized 10-meter platform.

The men's synchronized three-meter springboard final will take place on Wednesday, and Luo Yutong and Qin Kai should have little trouble in taking the gold.

He Chong is China's top man in the individual three-meter springboard, as he took home the gold medal in the category at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships.

It is truly an amazing feat when one country dominates a single sport in such a fashion as to sweep the gold medals, and China should put on a show for the world on the diving board in London.

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