Beijing Olympics: Chinese Win the Men's 10m Syncronized Diving

Taylor SmithCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2008

Lin Yue and Huo Liang won the men's 10m synchronized diving on Monday in a stunning performance that left me shocked.

Lin Yue and Huo Liang, 18 and 19, respectively, won the gold by a large margin, followed by the Russians and Germans. I was quite impressed by the young Chinese, especially on the dive shown above. It was a back dive which was preformed so well they received five 10s from the judges!

Their highest point dive was a 2.5 flip and 1.5 twist dive, which received and 93.6 from the judges, clinching them the gold.

However, the Americans did not impress me in their dives. The young duo Tom Finchum and David Boudia tried to calm themselves down but it didn't help. They were out of sync on most of their dives and never entered the water like the Chinese. With all these disappointments, the medal favorite Americans finished fifth.

The most disappointing of all were the British, Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge, who are 14 and 17, respectively. This 14-year-old Brit was supposed to be the best diver out there, but something must have gotten to him. He and his partners were worse than the Americans in their synchronization and finished eighth.

It was a good contest, with hard fought battles and good dives, but I wouldn't be surprised to see China sweep the diving medals.