[Moderated by Matt Jones]
In a surprising and dramatic finish to the men’s 10m platform diving today, American David Boudia upset hometown favorite and heartthrob Tom Daley and the always-talented Chinese representative Qiu Bo to take home the gold, the first American male to do so since Greg Louganis in 1988.
Boudia, Qiu, and Daley were separated by a mere .15 of a point heading into the final round- a minuscule amount considering their final scores ranged from 556.95 to 568.65. Daley received the rare mulligan in the first round after a camera flash unnerved him. After the redo, Daley’s score went from 75.60 to 91.80, but it wasn’t enough to beat Boudia. Boudia won the gold with his final dive, a backwards flippy twisty turny, proving that the media-hyped “pressure” of competing right after Tom Daley was nonexistent for him.
With that, the Olympics are nearly over. I’ll miss seeing Tom Daley’s cute butt. Does it have its own Twitter yet?
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