Olympic Diving 2016: Medal Winners and Scores After Tuesday's Results

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2016

China's Liu Huixia and Chen Ruolin compete during the women's synchronized 10-meter platform diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Wong Maye-E/Associated Press

Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia continued China's dominance in the diving pool on Tuesday by capturing the gold medal in the women's synchronized 10-meter platform competition. Chinese athletes have now won all three diving events so far at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Malaysia's Jun Hoong Cheong and Pandelela Rinong Pamg finished second to capture the silver, but they were nearly 10 points behind China. Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion of Canada also earned a place on the podium after North Korea faltered late.

Let's check out the complete results from the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre:

2016 Summer Olympics: Women's Synchronized 10M Platform
RankTeamCountryScore
1Chen Ruolin and Liu HuixiaCHN354.00
2Jun Hoong Cheong and Pandelela Rinong PamgMAS344.34
3Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline FilionCAN336.18
4Kuk Hyang Kim and Mi Rae KimPRK322.44
5Tonia Couch and Lois ToulsonGBR319.44
6Paola Espinosa and Alejandra OrozcoMEX304.08
7Amelia Cozad and Jessica ParrattoUSA301.02
8Ingrid Oliveira and Giovanna PedrosoBRA280.98
Source: Rio2016.com

And here's a look at the updated medal count in Rio:

The event caused a stir on social media after Matt Majendie of the London Evening Standard passed along a picture of the suddenly green water:

Nick Hope of BBC Sport noted that the officials decided to move forward with the competition, which started on time despite the unanswered questions:

Quite frankly, the only thing that could have stopped Chen and Liu is if there hadn't been any water in the pool at all. The reigning world champions showcased their unmatched ability once again, taking the lead after the first round of dives and never looking back during the next four.

Although the top spot was virtually locked up heading into the final dive, second and third place were still very much up for grabs.

Malaysia grabbed silver with the round's second-best dive behind only the Chinese, but the same couldn't be said for North Korea. The tandem of Kuk Hyang Kim and Mi Rae Kim had the worst dive of any team, including non-contenders, in Round 5.

That opened the door for Canada, and Benfeito and Filion didn't let it slip away. They came up with a clutch final dive, cracking the 80-point mark to jump over both North Korea and Great Britain to grab the bronze medal.

Kelcey Brade of TSN noted that it matched their result from the London Games:

Full credit to the Canadians for taking advantage of the opportunity, but North Korea's duo will be disappointed because even an average dive would have likely been enough to take third.

All told, while diving doesn't receive the same amount of attention as other summer sports, Chen's performance in this event is noteworthy. She's now won gold in all 12 of her Olympic, World Championship and World Cup appearances since 2006 despite some partner changes.

Being able to create new teams without missing a beat is why China reigns supreme in the diving pool. And it wouldn't be the least bit surprising if the country continues to rack up medals with five more medal events still to come.

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