Qiu Bo is becoming a permanent fixture at the top of diving's world championship standings.
The Chinese diver continues to follow in a long line of national success in securing individual victories. Qiu's recent 10-metre platform win in Barcelona marks his second consecutive world championship success and gave China its ninth gold medal in 10 events at the Spanish competition.
Qiu nearly managed perfect dives on his fifth and sixth attempts, underlining his place at the top with a quick dabble into the sensational. Although this wasn't the highest-scoring contest, competition for silver and bronze remained close right until the end.
Let's take a look at the top athletes' overall score and best individual marks, courtesy of FINA.org:
|Rank||Diver||Nationality||Best Individual Dive||Total Score|
|6||Tom Daley||Great Britain||99.00||470.60|
As the table shows, Qiu Bo absolutely destroyed the rest of the competition across six dives. His second-best score came in at 108.00 on his fifth attempt, and the Chinese superstar averaged 96.83 across the entire final. When you consider David Boudia and Sascha Klein failed to beat this in any single dive, Qiu's brilliance is somewhat amplified.
German Sanchez remained on Klein's coattails but failed to overhaul his opposition in the latter stages. Klein scored a cool 90.00 with his final effort and narrowly overcame the Mexican's attempts to secure a bronze medal.
Ivan Garcia also just missed out for the Mexican contingent. His best score of 104.55 was the only dive to challenge Qiu on a single basis but proved too little on his fifth attempt. An opening disappointment of 64.75 had already left Garcia firmly up against it and with little time to rescue his overall score. Although the teenager's late haul of points was certainly gutsy, Garcia's mistakes proved pivotal in the Spanish sun.
Great Britain's Tom Daley will also leave Barcelona with a number of lingering thoughts. The 19-year-old suffered a triceps injury in the run up to the competition, as reported by BBC Sport's Nick Hope, but came within two dives of landing a medal.
Despite Daley's individual best of 99.00 arriving on his third attempt, he was unable to maintain momentum heading into the latter half of the final. Daley posted 68.40 and 61.05 during dives five and six, leaving him well behind the overall tally.
Qiu Bo deservedly wrapped up another title with not only the strongest performance but also the most consistent. Will anybody be able to stop the 20-year-old star, and indeed, China's unbelievable array of diving talent?