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Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
Xiong Ni snatches diving gold
China's Xiong Ni completed a spectacular win on Tuesday when he grabbed gold in the three-metre springboard diving event from Russia's Dmitry Sautin.
Tony Ally, who became Britain's first ever European diving champion in 37 years when he won the event in Istanbul last year, finished last in the competition.
Sautin, who was the reigning Olympic highboard champion, looked in awesome form as he entered the final round of the competition - with the 26-year-old Russian leading by 10 points.
But he found himself under pressure when failed to complete his dive, scoring just 65.10 points.
Xiong responded brilliantly to the challenge which faced him by scoring 81.60, which was enough to beat both the Russian.
Xiong accumulated a total of 708.72 points from his combination of five semi-final and six final dives.
"This means more than anything I've won before because it proved my ability since I returned to diving and I won this gold in a very difficult situation," said Xiong.
Sautin was clearly disappointed with his result.
"I won the 10m platform gold in Atlanta and I wanted this event to complete the set," said Sautin.
"I led from the start to the final dive so it is very disappointing to lose. My last dive is the most difficult in my programme, so maybe it was a mistake to include it."
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