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Diving at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Springboard

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 18, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: CHN He Chong
Silver: CAN Alexandre Despatie
Bronze: CHN Qin Kai

Summary

The hometown Chinese were favored, as they sent out the 2007 World Champion, Qin Kai, and the 2008 World Cup champion, He Chong. He, and we do mean He, dominated the event, leading the qualifying, the semi-finals, and the final round, winning the gold medal by over 36 points. Second went to Canada’s Alexandre Despatie, who had also won silver in Athens, and had been the 2005 World Champion in the event. Qin won bronze, edging out the perpetual contender Dmitry Sautin of Russia. While the United States had once had the world’s best divers, this was the third consecutive Olympics at which no American made the podium. China was now the top diving nation, winning this event for the fourth straight Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 He Chong 21 China CHN Gold 572.90
2 Alexandre Despatie 23 Canada CAN Silver 536.65
3 Qin Kai 22 China CHN Bronze 530.10
4 Dmitry Sautin 34 Russia RUS 512.65
5 Pavlo Rozenberg 25 Germany GER 485.60
6 Troy Dumais 28 United States USA 472.50
7 Yahel Castillo 21 Mexico MEX 462.10
8 Patrick Hausding 19 Germany GER 462.05
9 Robert Newbery 29 Australia AUS 461.05
10 Juan Guillermo Urán 25 Colombia COL 454.50
11 Ken Terauchi 27 Japan JPN 442.50
12 Chris Colwill 23 United States USA 425.90
13 Joona Puhakka 26 Finland FIN 451.95
14 Nicola Marconi 29 Italy ITA 444.55
15 Illia Kvasha 20 Ukraine UKR 439.55
16 Matt Mitcham 20 Australia AUS 427.45
17 Aleksandr Dobroskok 26 Russia RUS 412.00
18 Reuben Ross 22 Canada CAN 395.85
19 Jorge Betancourt 26 Cuba CUB 428.25
20 Javi Illana 22 Spain ESP 423.90
21 Ramón Fumadó 26 Venezuela VEN 419.05
22 Constantin Blaha 20 Austria AUT 407.55
23 Yuriy Shliakhov 25 Ukraine UKR 405.05
24 César de Castro 25 Brazil BRA 400.60
25 Sergey Kuchmasov 27 Belarus BLR 399.40
26 Ben Swain 22 Great Britain GBR 390.30
27 Jorge Pupo 26 Cuba CUB 388.70
28 Tommaso Marconi 26 Italy ITA 360.15
29 Son Seong-Cheol 21 South Korea KOR 353.35