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United States’ Boudia, Johnson win silver in synchronized diving

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Day 9

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JUNE 26: (L-R) David Boudia and Steele Johnson celebrate after the Men’s 10m Platform final during day 9 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for diving at Indiana University Natatorium on June 26, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Four years after settling for a bronze medal in the synchronized 10 meter platform diving competition, American David Boudia now has a silver medal to his credit.

Partnering with Steele Johnson, Boudia won silver in the event Monday afternoon in Rio. Johnson, was made his Olympic debut in these Games, replaced Nicholas McCrory as Boudia’s partner in the event. Unfortunately for the Americans their best efforts weren’t enough to keep China from winning gold in the event for a fourth consecutive Olympics, with Chen Aisen and Lin Yue winning by nearly 40 points.

Chen and Lin posted a total score of 496.98, with Boudia and Johnson finishing with a score of 457.11.

Boudia, who is the reigning Olympic champion in the individual 10 meter platform competition, will look to join Greg Louganis (1984, 1988) as Americans who have won consecutive gold medals in the event.

Winning the bronze medal was Great Britain’s team of Thomas Daley and Daniel Goodfellow. Mexico’s Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez, who won a silver medal in this event in London, finished fifth.