Close Finish For Women’s Platform In Budapest

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In Budapest earlier today, the men competed in preliminaries and semifinals on three meter springboard. They were followed by today’s only medal event, women’s individual platform.

On the men’s side, both of the divers for China, Great Britain, Mexico and Russia are headed into the final round. Cao Yuan from China, Jack Laugher from Great Britain and Rommel Pacheco Marrufo from Mexico are the leaders headed into tomorrow.

American Mike Hixon finished in 20th in the preliminary rounds, while Steele Johnson finished in 18th place after semifinals. With the top divers 12 making the final cut, neither American will be moving on.

Jun Hoong Cheong from Malaysia is the new World Champion on ten meter platform, coming out 1.5 points above Si Yajie from China. Ren Qian, also from China, finished in the bronze medal position, only 5.55 points behind Cheong.

The close competition between the top three finishers left the women with no room for error. Ren, who was standing in first place was knocked down to second after her back three and a half tuck (207C). The dive was only awarded 6.5s from the judges, totaling 64.35 points. Her teammate Si later bumped her down to third place in the final round.

Cheong answered with a reverse two and a half tuck (305C). The dive has a much lower degree of difficulty than a 207C, but Cheong performed it for 10s, earning her 82.6 points.

While Cheong had a slightly less difficult list than her Chinese competitors, every one of her dives scored above 75 points. That consistency helped her edge out the competition.

American Jessica Parratto finished in 11th place.

Tomorrow, the men’s competition on three meter will conclude with finals, while the women’s individual three meter competition begins. The women will compete in preliminaries and semifinals, their finals is set to take place on Friday.

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Author: Erin Keaveny

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Erin Keaveny is a rising junior diver at Villanova University. She is a history and political science double major who grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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