David Boudia Wins Silver At The FINA Diving World Championships

2015 World Championships- Silver 10-meter

Indy Star

Let the Rio hype begin:

Qui Bo versus David Boudia, Part V.

The two divers affirmed their dominance of the 10-meter platform Sunday in the aquatics World Championships at Kazan, Russia.

Boudia, the former Purdue diver from Noblesville, led through two rounds before securing the silver medal with 560.20 points. Qui, of China, pulled away to win with 587.00.

The two have finished 1-2 at four major championships. Boudia, 26, won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games. He was second to the 22-year-old Qui at the 2011, ’13 and ’15 worlds. They likely will meet again in the 2016 Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.

“This was an exciting competition,” Boudia said in a release from USA Diving. “I didn’t really watch a lot of it, but you can feel the pressure. You can’t miss a dive in those finals. This is not an easy competition.

“Anyone from the finals could be up here. We were just the ones who were on top of our game today.”

Boudia had finished second in preliminaries and fifth in the semifinals Saturday. Scores start anew in each round.

He changed his dive order in the finals, opening with an armstand that earned 99.00 and thrust him into the lead. He followed with an inward 3 ½ tuck that earned 92.5 and kept him in first. He scored 91.8 or more on five of his six dives.

“For me, I switched my order to start off with one of my strongest dives, and it paid off,” Boudia said. “It set me up from there. It was a good final. Overall, this competition was exactly what I was looking for.”

Great Britain’s Tom Daley won the bronze medal with 537.95.

With pool competition completed, Team USA finished with two medals: Boudia’s silver and a bronze by Indiana University’s Michael Hixon on 1-meter, which is not an Olympic event.

David Boudia’s Quest For World Championship Gold

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Olympic platform champion David Boudia believes not one but two medals are possible at the World Diving Championships that begin this weekend in Kazan, Russia.

Boudia, who in 2012 became the first American to win an individual Olympic diving medal since 2000, hopes to earn a third straight Worlds platform medal on the final day of competition Aug. 2.

But one week before that, this Sunday, Boudia believes he and rising Purdue sophomore Steele Johnson can contend for gold in the synchro platform. So much so that Boudia, the only U.S. medalist at either 2011 or 2013 Worlds, said his chances of individual gold and synchro gold are “pretty even.”

In 2012, Boudia took Olympic synchro bronze with Nick McCrory, who has since retired. Boudia and Johnson first teamed last year and finished second and third in their two international competitions.

  
In Kazan, all eyes will be on the dominant Chinese, winners of nine of 10 diving events at the 2013 Worlds. Their one defeat two years ago? The synchro platform, to a German pair.

Boudia and Johnson may benefit Sunday from the reported Chinese roster for Kazan, since its men’s synchro platform team includes neither of China’s individual platform superstars — Qiu Bo and Yang Jian.

Nor is it the Chinese pair that beat Boudia and Johnson by 1.98 points at a FINA World Series event in Windsor, Ontario, on May 22. Nor is it the pair that beat Boudia and Johnson by 80.34 points at the 2014 FINA World Cup in Shanghai.

Individually, Boudia used a silver-medal performance at the 2011 Worlds as fuel for an upset victory at the London Olympics, over the past World champions Qiu and Brit Tom Daley.

“It definitely is a little different now than it was leading into London, and leading up to London, because there’s two powerful Chinese divers,” Boudia said recently, as Yang is new to the scene. “It’s not going to be easy.”

In 2013, Boudia trounced Qiu in the Worlds semifinals (534.40 to 457.55) but was no match in the final (a 581.00 to 517.40 margin in Qiu’s favor).

The American has finished no higher than third in six World Series individual platform competitions since. Qiu, Yang and Daley shared the six World Series titles this year.

Boudia remains confident and said he’s on “middle ground” with the Chinese in degree of difficulty.

“I can see holes in their training, I can see holes in their competition where I know it’s anybody’s game,” he said. “I can be real and say that I’m not going to win, but that’s not how it is. I know that there’s possibilities, that there’s holes for mistakes, and it can happen to anybody.”

UniversalSports.com will stream all finals live for subscribers.

Finals Schedule (ET)

Saturday, July 25 — Mixed synchro platform (8-9:30 a.m.)

Saturday, July 25 — Women’s synchro springboard (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Sunday, July 26 — Men’s synchro platform (12:30-1:45 p.m.)

Monday, July 27 — Men’s 1m springboard (8-10:15 a.m.)

Monday, July 27 — Women’s synchro platform (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 28 — Women’s 1m springboard (8-9 a.m.)

Tuesday, July 28 — Men’s synchro springboard (12:30-1:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 29 — Team event (12:30-1:45 p.m.)

Thursday, July 30 — Women’s platform (12:30-1:45 p.m.)

Friday, July 31 — Men’s 3m springboard (12:30-1:45 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug. 1 — Women’s 3m springboard (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Aug. 2 — Mixed synchro springboard (8-9:30 a.m.)

Sunday, Aug. 2 — Men’s 10m platform (12:30-1:45 p.m.)

Marlen Esparza Clinches Pan American Games Medals With Quarter final Victories

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(TORONTO, CANADA) – 2012 Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) both made triumphant Pan American Games debuts on Monday afternoon at the Oshawa Sports Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Olympic duo clinched medals in their first Pan American Games with wins in Monday’s quarterfinal competition.

  
Esparza competed in the first women’s bout of the 2015 Pan American Games in a flyweight contest with Nicaragua’s Claudia Parrales Guevara. The reigning world champion showcased a dazzling display of boxing prowess in her Pan Am debut, landing a wide array of punches and evading Guevara’s shots. She grew her lead with every round and took the victory by wide, unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals. Esparza will face Puerto Rico’s Monica Gonzalez Rivera for a berth in the gold medal bout on Tuesday night.

“I think it was a good fight and I got to get used to backstage and the canvas,” Esparza said of her Pan Am debut. “She keeps her hands really tight so I was really just trying to go to the body and when I saw her coming in, that’s when I’d go up top. I was really trying to do more movement so I don’t just rush in. I’m working on that and that’s where the bodywork comes in.”