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Men's Platform

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 22, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: AUS Matt Mitcham
Silver: CHN Zhou Luxin
Bronze: RUS Gleb Galperin

Summary

Men’s platform closed the 2008 Olympic diving program and to date the score read – China 7, Everybody Else 0. But this event was considered somewhat open as the 2007 World Championships had been won by Russian Gleb Galperin and the 2008 World Cup went to German Sascha Klein. China’s Zhou Luxin had been second at both events and was their top hope in Beijing on platform. And the winner was – none of the above.\n\nThe gold went to Australian Matt Mitcham, who had previously competed internationally at the senior level only at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, where he failed to medal. Going into the final round, Mitcham trailed Zhou by 32.50 points. He chose for his final dive a back 2½ sommie with 2½ twists, piked, with a huge degree of difficulty – 3.8. And he nailed it – getting four 10s, two 9.5s, and a single 9.0, to score 112.10, the highest scoring dive in Olympic history, which moved him 3.2 points ahead of Zhou, who won silver, while the bronze went to Galperin.\n\nThis was Australia’s first Olympic diving gold since [Richmond Eve] in 1924. Mitcham had started in sports on the trampoline. David Wallechinsky has noted in The Complete Book of the Olympics that Mitcham “was one of only 10 openly gay athletes to compete at the Beijing Olympics and the only openly gay male.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Matt Mitcham 20 Australia AUS Gold 537.95
2 Zhou Luxin 20 China CHN Silver 533.15
3 Gleb Galperin 25 Russia RUS Bronze 525.80
4 Huo Liang 18 China CHN 508.40
5 José Antonio Guerra 28 Cuba CUB 507.15
6 Mathew Helm 27 Australia AUS 467.70
7 Tom Daley 14 Great Britain GBR 463.55
8 Rommel Pacheco 22 Mexico MEX 460.20
9 Patrick Hausding 19 Germany GER 448.30
10 David Boudia 19 United States USA 441.45
11 Juan Guillermo Urán 25 Colombia COL 414.80
12 Thomas Finchum 18 United States USA 412.65
13 Peter Waterfield 27 Great Britain GBR 430.95
14 Vadim Kaptur 21 Belarus BLR 420.55
15 Jeinkler Aguirre 18 Cuba CUB 414.20
16 Riley McCormick 16 Canada CAN 391.35
17 Reuben Ross 22 Canada CAN 390.75
18 Sascha Klein 22 Germany GER 382.85
19 Hugo Parisi 24 Brazil BRA 412.95
20 Kostiantyn Miliaiev 20 Ukraine UKR 410.05
21 Aleksandr Varlamov 29 Belarus BLR 406.60
22 Germán Sánchez 16 Mexico MEX 399.35
23 Constantin Popovici 19 Romania ROU 392.30
24 Cassius Duran 29 Brazil BRA 389.65
25 Francesco Dell'Uomo 21 Italy ITA 388.80
26 Bryan Lomas 18 Malaysia MAS 384.35
27 Oleg Vikulov 21 Russia RUS 375.40
28 Rexel Fabriga 22 Philippines PHI 358.85
29 Anton Zakharov 22 Ukraine UKR 344.95
30 Kim Chon-Man 20 North Korea PRK 328.85