Australians Win Mixed Synchro, Chinese Men Command 10m on Eighth Day of World Championships

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By Erin Keaveny, Swimming World Contributor.

Today, on the eighth and final day of springboard and platform diving, mixed three-meter synchro and men’s ten-meter platform concluded the diving competition at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

Mixed synchro, a non-Olympic event where teams are made up of one man and one woman, was the first event to take place.

With an extremely tight finish, the winning team was from Australia. Maddison Keeney, who won a bronze medal yesterday on individual 3m springboard, partnered with Matthew Carter for gold.

Jennifer Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac from Canada finished 0.78 points behind the Aussies. Tina Punzel and Lou Massenberg from Germany only 2.46 points the silver medal finishers.

There was not a Chinese team in this event.

The final event was men’s ten-meter platform.

Yang Jian won gold with an excellent performance and a massive score of 598.65. His final dive, a front four-and-a-half pike (109B), earned 114.8 points. The dive has an extremely high degree of difficulty at 4.1, and was likely the highest scoring dive of the meet.

Yang’s teammate Yang Hao followed close behind him with his own stunning performance. He received a perfect score on his reverse three-and-a-half tuck (307C), totaling 102.0 points. It was  one of his final three dives, which all scored over 100 points. This is his third medal at a World Championships.

Russian diver Aleksandr Bondar earned the bronze medal. His highest scoring dives were in the fourth and fifth round, and both scored 99.0 points.

China, Great Britain, and the United States all qualified for the maximum number of Olympic spots in men’s ten-meter platform.

While Olympic diving at the World Championships has concluded, we pick back up with high diving on Monday, July 22, 2019.