The team of David Boudia and Nick McCrory earned the bronze medal in the men’s synchronized 10m platform on Monday, earning the United States its first-ever medal in men’s synchronized diving.
The favored Chinese team of Cao and Zhang took the gold medal scoring nearly 20 points higher than the silver medalist Mexican team. The Chinese have dominated synchronized diving since its inclusion in the Olympics in 2000. This is their third consecutive gold in men’s synchronized 10m platform and their second gold in synchronized diving at the London Olympics.
Americans Boudia and McCrory will compete again in the individual 10m platform event, which begins Aug. 10. Neither are expected to medal but perhaps they can pull off another upset.
In the overall medal count table, USA and China remain tied for the lead, but China has expanded its lead in gold medals by the count of seven to three.