Olympic Diving 2012: Men's 10-Meter Platform Results and Analysis

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  David Boudia of the United States competes in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Gold: David Boudia, USA

Silver: Qiu Bo, China

Bronze: Tom Daley, Great Britain

The Stars and Stripes shined bright in the men's 10-meter platform on Saturday.

We were given a show in one of diving's marquee events. American diver David Boudia won another gold medal for the U.S. in stunning fashion after needing to nail his final dive to even have a fighting chance. 

Chinese favorite Qiu Bo took the silver medal and Great Britain diver Tom Daley won the bronze. The event was incredibly tight, as gold and bronze were separated by less than two points after the six-round event. 

Daley felt the weight of the host nation and delivered, leading the event until a heroic final dive by Boudia that put the American in the lead for good.

Qiu from China was in major jeopardy of not even medaling until the final round, when he flushed a perfect back two-and-a-somersault to win silver in the event he was favored to win. 

Daley played it safe with his final dive, opting to go with a 3.3 degree of difficulty despite other contenders going for a 3.6 difficulty. The move wasn't surprising as he entered the final round with a two-point lead over Boudia and Qiu, but it ended up costing him.

He tried to pull off a reverse three-and-a-half dive in the tuck position and nailed it, getting a final score of 90.75 to an eruption of the crowd. But in the end, the dive's degree of difficulty cost Daley a gold (or silver) medal. 

The manner in which Daley climbed into contention was interesting to say the least. After a bad first dive by the British competitor, Daley complained to officials that the heavy count of camera flashes in the audience distracted him. Surprisingly enough, the officials granted Daley a re-dive. Boudia had to get off the platform to allow Daley's re-dive, and he delivered as his retry won him 16 more points than the first. 

But in this event, it was the Americans that yet again claimed glory in the clutch to win the gold medal over major Olympic competitors China and Great Britain. 



Medal Athlete Score
Gold David Boudia, United States 568.65
Silver Qiu Bo, China 566.85
Bronze Tom Daley, Great Britain 556.95
4 Victor Minibaev, Russia 527.80
5 Jose Antonio Guerra, Cuba 527.70
6 Yue Lin, China 527.30
7 Ivan Garcia Navarro, Mexico 521.65
8 Martin Wolfram, Germany 506.65
9 Nick McCrory, United States 505.40
10 Sascha Klein, Germany 496.30
11 Riley McCormick, Canada 493.35
12 Oleksandr Bondar, Ukraine



Steven Cook is a TNT breaking news writer and Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter to keep up with analysis and news on the Olympics and all sports.