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Russian diver defeats Chinese to claim men's springboard gold

08-08-2012 04:28 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Russian diver Ilya Zakharov defeated China's defending Olympic champion He Chong and synchro title winner Qin Kai to win the gold medal of men's 3m springboard diving at London Games on Tuesday.

Zakharov, runner-up of the event at the 2011 Shanghai World Championships, compiled a total of 555.90 points after the six rounds, edging 14 points over Qin who bagged a silver medal.

The bronze went to defending champion He who compiled 524.15 points.

Unlike previous competitions in which Chinese divers firmly dominated the games and sealed victories after first few rounds, the men's springboard final was full of drama and the winner had not been decided until the last round.

Zakharov not only turned over He and Qin, but also spoiled China's plan of sweeping all of the eight diving gold medals in London.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: Xinhua

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