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China continue diving dominance

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Video - China take 10m synchro gold

China made it three golds from three diving events at the Beijing Games with victory in the women's synchronised 10m platform final.

Chen Ruolin, 15, and Wang Xin, 16, the world number one and two respectively, led through all five rounds and scored the highest marks in each round.

Briony Cole and Melissa Wu took silver for Australia with their final dive.

Mexico's Paola Espinosa and Tatiana Ortiz won bronze but Britons Tonia Couch and Stacie Powell were eighth.

Britain have now finished in last place in all three of the diving events so far.

"Our last dive was good but we were frustrated because we didn't get the marks we thought it deserved," Powell told BBC Sport.

"We are still pleased because our synchro throughout the competition was spot on.

"We competed in an Olympic final, not many people can say that. We are over the moon to be in it and with a shot at the medals. Hopefully in 2012 we will get it right."

China have dominated this event since it was introduced at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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Video - More disappointment for GB divers

"The gold medal is the best birthday present I have ever had," said Wang, who turned 16 on 11 August. "I hope the luck can be with me all the time."

Chen and Wang earned a perfect 10 for execution from one judge on their second dive, a reverse from the pike position.

Chen won gold at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne with her former partner Jia Tong.

And since teaming up with Wang, the pair have won several titles including the World Cup in February.

China, who have also won the women's three-metre springboard and the men's 10-metre platform, are hoping to sweep all eight diving golds in Beijing.


see also
China claim gold in 10m synchro
11 Aug 08 |  Diving


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