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Diving: Boudia slips to bronze; China’s Chen hits perfect last dive for gold

Diving - Olympics: Day 14

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: David Boudia of the United States competes during the Diving Men’s 10m Platform Preliminary on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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David Boudia’s bid for repeat gold in the 10m platform dive fell flat in his sixth attempt of the final at the Olympics in Rio.

After looking set for a Top Two finish thanks to an incredible 102.60 on his fifth dive, Boudia only managed a 68.45 on his final attempt.

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That would put him behind Mexico’s German Sanchez with eight divers to go. Of those eight, two could catch him: China’s Aisen Chen, who’d need just 49 points, and France’s Benjamin Auffret, who was 98.9 behind Bouda and hadn’t done better than 94.05 in the final.

Auffret only managed an 81, and Boudia was guaranteed at least bronze, though it seemed fait accompli that Chen would pass Boudia and Sanchez for gold.

Chen did way better than simply pass them, throwing down a picture-perfect 108.00 dive to clinch the top mark.

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