Diving World Championships 2013: Podium Wide Open for Men's 10M Platform Final

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 27, 2013

David Boudia
David BoudiaAl Bello/Getty Images

Although China have dominated the action up until this point, one of the most treasured gems in the diving crown remains open to a host of participants this weekend.

The men’s 10-metre platform final is the only diving event to take place on Sunday, 28 July, with as many as 10 individuals currently looking like possible suitors for the gold medal spot.

That being said, none of the 12 athletes can be ruled out when it comes to the actual event of course.

China were already left stunned in the synchronised men’s 10-metre platform final, where it was Germany who managed to take gold away from Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan, the reigning Olympic champions in that practice.

Now, Chinese hopes in the individual event rest with Qiu Bo, a former star performer of the 2011 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Beijing and a silver medallist of the 2012 Olympics.

However, Bo could only manage a sixth-place qualifying position in Saturday’s semi-final, missing out to a host of other star talents.

At the head of that particular queue lies the USA's David Boudia, the man who beat Bo to the gold medal at London 2012 but has never won the accolade in an individual event at the World Championships.

The American is one of the older athletes in Barcelona at 24 years old, but he has shown himself to be an experienced mind, even going as far as to reveal his pre-dive preparation on Twitter:

Going through to Sunday’s final with a score of 534.40, Boudia has fended off the considerable talents of Ivan Garcia, German Sanchez, Sascha Klein and Russian Victor Minibaev, all of whom lie between him and Bo based on semi-final scores.

So, considering the Chinese athlete’s good standing within the diving community, it becomes clearer as to just how many people could realistically compete for first place in the men’s 10-metre platform.

That’s without mentioning the minnows behind Bo who may yet surprise, too. Great Britain’s Tom Daley, Cuba’s Jeinkler Aguirre and Andrea Chiarabini of Italy were all close to the Asian’s score and may yet pose a threat to Boudia’s talents.

The Mexican pair of Garcia and Sanchez will be of particular interest, one of the only national couples to make it to the final and with high ranking at that.

Given his recent displays, it’s obvious that Boudia heads into Sunday’s proceedings as favourite to win, but with another set of dives comes the opportunity for just about anyone to spoil his parade.

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