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China’s Chen Ruolin makes history in synchronized 10 meter platform

Diving - Olympics: Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu of China compete in the Women’s Diving Synchronised 10m Platform Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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The Chinese tandem of Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia entered the final of the women’s synchronized 10 meter platform competition expected to win the gold medal, with Ruolin on the verge of making history. A win would mean a fifth gold medal for the 23-year old diver, tying her with countrywoman Wu Minxia for the most diving gold medals won by an athlete in Olympic history.

Ruolin and Huixia got the job done, winning the gold medal with a total score of 354.00 points. Taking the silver medal was Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Cheong Jun Hoong of Malaysia, winning that nation’s first-ever Olympic medal in the event. Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion took the bronze medal, their second consecutive Olympic bronze in this event.

Since synchronized diving was added to the Summer Olympics in 2000, China has won 16 of a possible 19 gold medals.

Americans Amelia Cozad and Jessica Parratto, competing in their first Summer Olympics, finished seventh in the competition with a score of 301.02 with Mexico’s Paola Espinoza and Alejandra Orozco finishing sixth.