Boudia places fourth at FINA Diving World Series in London

USA Diving

David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind./West Lafayette, Ind.) finished fourth in Sunday’s men’s 10-meter final at the FINA Diving World Series at the London Aquatics Centre where he won Olympic gold in 2012.

Boudia scored 532.55 points in the final, which was won by China’s Yang Jian with 616.50 points. China also claimed silver as Chen Aisen scored 553.25 points, and Oleksandr Bondar of Ukraine took bronze with 549.55 points.

Boudia came close to medaling but had to play catch up after starting the finals with just 66.60 points on his armstand, putting him in sixth place and 23.5 points out of third place after the first round of dives.

He responded with three 10s for 92.80 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck in round two to move into fourth place with four rounds to go. He followed with 94.35 and 95.20 points on his next two dives. In round five, his back 3 ½ pike earned two 10s and 102.60 points to close within 1.1 points of Bondar heading into the last round.  Boudia finished out his list with 81 points on his back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists, not enough to overtake Bondar for a spot on the podium.

Yang scored more than 100 points on four of his six dives, including 123 points on a forward 4 ½ pike that earned 10s from five of the judges.

In the first two 2014 World Series meets, Boudia finished sixth (Beijing) and third (Dubai) on 10-meter.

In Sunday’s women’s 10-meter competition, Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) scored 319.20 points to finish 9th (5th in semifinal A) and Tori Lamp (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored 300.80 points for 12th (sixth in semifinal B). China’s Chen Ruolin scored 400.55 to win gold in the finals.

The next stop for Team USA on the World Series circuit is May 30-June 1 in Windsor, Ontario.

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