Rio 2016: China run away for gold in diving as British duo pick up bronze

Chen Aisen and Lin Yue were in fairytale land running away with the gold, the USA takes silver, and the British duo take bronze

Rio 2016: China run away for gold in diving as British duo pick up bronze
The Chinese duo of Lin Yue (left) and Chen Aisen bagged gold as expected | photo: The Sun

China breezed to the gold medal at the Olympic 10M platform synchronised diving in Rio, leaving others trailing in their wake as they medalled in one of the country's best events. 

Lin Yue and Chen Aisen, the favorites on paper going into the event, won gold by a comfortable margin.

United States pair David Boudia and Steele Johnson claimed silver, whilst there was  a bronze medal for Team GB pair Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow. The British pair only started training together last October, and they clinched GB’s fourth Olympic medal after beating Germany to third place in a nail-biting finish.

China lead from start to finish

The Russian pair got the diving under way – Daley and Goodfellow were last of the eight duos, it was a solid start for all the diver's after round one the table stood China lead with 57 it was like watching a mirror image hit the water, the US pair not far behind on 54 and Great Britain on 51.6.

Tom Daley (right) and Dan Goodfellow are presented with their bronze medals | photo: Telegraph
Tom Daley (right) and Dan Goodfellow are presented with their bronze medals | photo: Telegraph

The German pair Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein, who previously beat Daley and Goodfellow to European gold, had a bit of a wobble and scored a low 48.60, which gave an opening to other teams for a fighting chance.

Not playing it safe - it's all or nothing

With four more dives to go the difficulty was upped and it proved too much for the German’s who hit the water all wrong and under rotated giving them a score of 74.88.

It was an inward three and a half somersault with tuck from the British pair, the splash wasn’t as tiny as expected but they scored a 79.68 to remain third and 10 points behind the USA at the halfway through.

Meanwhile, the world champion Chinese pair look a world apart, perfectly in synch and they catapulted themselves even further into the lead.

All the hard work in the aerial work had been done, the synchronization had been pretty much spot on, but Goodfellow threw up a bit of a splash at the end which left them in fifth with two dives to go.

The American's had been consistent as they land another dive in the mid-80’s which kept them in the silver medal position.

A huge 106 for the Chinese

China, were unstoppable, they tackled such a difficult dive and it was absolutely beautiful, it was a massive 106.56.

The British lads were on after and they performed the exact same dive as the Chinese pair, but it was nothing compared to China a 92.13 which took them back up to third with one dive to go.

With one dive to go, China had the gold medal, but Germany landed a good dive which put pressure on USA and GB. Germany scored 86.0 to finish on 438.42.

Britain was the last pair to dive in the open-air Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, meaning they knew what they had to do to overhaul the German duo with their final effort.

They needed to score over 84 points to clinch the bronze, with an anxious wait before leaping into the pool to celebrate when the score of 89.64 came up.