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.
|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.