Chen caps golden Games for China

Source:AFP Published: 2016/8/22 0:48:39 Last Updated: 2016/8/22 7:11:46

Diving powerhouse lose just one gold at Rio 2016


Chen Aisen capped a golden Olympic Games for China in diving on Saturday, winning the men's 10-meter platform for his country's seventh gold in eight events on the final day of competition.

The 20-year-old, already a winner in the 10-meter synchronized platform in Rio, scored 585.30 points after his six dives - breaking the 100-point mark for three of them to return the title to China for the first time since 2004.

It also saw China surpass their previous best from Beijing 2008 with seven gold, two silvers and a bronze to become the most successful nation in diving at a single Games in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center.

Mexico's German Sanchez won silver (532.70 points) with American David Boudia, the gold medalist from London 2012, taking bronze (525.25 points).

"I came here looking for two gold medals and I've achieved my dream," said Chen, who led the way for five of the six dives.

"I never thought I would get this medal for diving and I am still in a state of shock."

Boudia, 27, had taken the lead after his second dive, but lost his grip on ­silver with his final forward four and a half somersaults tuck.

"It's been a struggle and to miss a dive but still become a bronze medalist at the Olympics is extremely satisfying," said the Texan.

Sanchez becomes the first Mexican on the men's platform podium since ­Alvaro Gaxiola's silver at the 1968 ­Mexico City Games.

Chen's teammate Qiu Bo, a silver medalist behind Boudia in 2012 and a three-time world champion, dropped to sixth place after missing two of his dives.

The only title China failed to win in Rio was the men's synchronized 3-­meter springboard where Britain's Jack ­Laugher and Chris Mears took gold.

In the men's competition, Chen and Lin Yue also won the synchronized ­platform and Cao Yuan the 3-meter springboard.

Their women sweep all their titles - Ren Xi, 15, taking the 10-meter platform; Shi Tingmao the 3-meter springboard; Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia the synchronized platform; and Shi and Wu Minxia, the synchronized 3-meter springboard.

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