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China’s domination of diving continues in men’s 3m springboard

Diving - Olympics: Day 11

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: (L-R) Silver medalist Jack Laugher of Great Britain, gold medalist Yuan Cao of China and bronze medalist Patrick Hausding of Germany pose during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Diving 3m Springboard final at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Of the six diving events to be held in Rio thus far, China has taken gold in five of them.

Cao Yuan was the latest gold medalist, as he won the 3m springboard competition. With a score of 547.60, Cao won by nearly 24 points over Great Britain’s Jack Laugher (523.85) in what was essentially a two-man race for gold. Laugher’s silver is Great Britain’s third diving medal of these games, as they took gold in the men’s synchronized 3m springboard and bronze in the men’s synchronized 10m platform.

Taking bronze was Germany’s Patrick Hausding with a total of 498.90 points. The reigning Olympic champion in this event, Russia’s Ilya Zakharov, failed to advance out of the semifinal round.

American Kristian Ipsen finished fifth and Mike Hixon, who took silver with David Boudia in the synchronized 3m springboard, finished tenth in the final round of competition.