David Boudia: American Diver Stuns Tom Daley to Win Men's 10-Meter-Platform Gold

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIAugust 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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American diver David Boudia shocked the world and Tom “The Bomb” Daley as his final dive put him ahead of the hometown diver from Great Britain.

Boudia, 23, had enough left in the tank to take the men’s 10-meter-platform gold in his final dive.

Daley, 18, had set things up perfectly for himself to edge out the competition by sealing the deal as the pack approached its final round of dives. He didn’t shy away from the moment, either, and posted a respectful 90.75 that brought his home-country crowd to its feet.

What happened next, though, is nothing that Daley had any control over. American diver David Boudia and Bo Qui of China both surpassed him with incredible final-round dives.

Bo Qui was the defending world champion and favorite heading into this Olympic final. He came up just short in his bid to secure complete world-championship and gold-medal dominance over the 10-meter diving event.

However, it was the American that hit the highest mark, beating Daley by 12 points, sending himself to his only trip to the podium and earning his only medal of the London Games.

It isn’t just any medal, though—it’s gold and an important one for his country, as the U.S. continues to lead China in the total- and gold-medal races. 

A gold medal in a 10-meter diving event isn’t bad for an American diver who is reportedly afraid of heights, according to a live update of the event from The Guardian.

 

 

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