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Diving at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Platform

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: CHN Chen Ruolin
Silver: AUS Brittany Broben
Bronze: MAS Pandelela Rinong

Summary

At the age of 15 Chen Ruolin had swept aside her rivals to win gold in front of an adoring home crowd at the Beijing Olympics. Four years later her reputation had been further enhanced by three more world titles including the Indi dual platform title at the 2011 World Championships. If there was a threat to Chen then it seemed it might possibly come from Mexico's Paola Espinosa or from her own team mate Hu Yadan but realistically it was Chen's title to lose. The faint hopes of an upset faded quickly and the champion showed herself to be a level above her opposition. She scored the highest marks of each of her five dives in the final and won by the huge margin of 55 points. In contrast the other 11 finalists were covered by just 22 points.

Neither Hu nor Espinosa were able to truly recover from early errors and it was the inexperienced Australian Brittany Broben who placed second with Pandelela Pamg providing a major breakthrough for Malaysian diving by winning the bronze medal. Broben had placed only 17th at the previous year's world championships.

Chen joined three other women as repeat champions in the platform event – following Dorothy Poynton-Hill (1932-36), Pat McCormick (1952-56), and Fu Mingxia (1992-96). The feat has also been done five times in springboard diving.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chen Ruolin 19 China CHN Gold
2 Brittany Broben 16 Australia AUS Silver
3 Pandelela Rinong 19 Malaysia MAS Bronze
4 Melissa Wu 20 Australia AUS
5 Yuliya Koltunova 23 Russia RUS
6 Paola Espinosa 25 Mexico MEX
7 Christin Steuer 29 Germany GER
8 Noemi Batki 24 Italy ITA
9 Hu Yadan 16 China CHN
10 Roseline Filion 25 Canada CAN
11 Meaghan Benfeito 23 Canada CAN
12 Yuliya Prokopchuk 25 Ukraine UKR
13 Kim Un-Hyang 20 North Korea PRK
14 Kim Jin-Ok 21 North Korea PRK
15 Brittany Viola 25 United States USA
16 Katie Bell 24 United States USA
17 Maria Kurjo 22 Germany GER
18 Mai Nakagawa 25 Japan JPN
19 Monique Gladding 31 Great Britain GBR
20 Stacie Powell 26 Great Britain GBR
21 Carolina Mendoza 15 Mexico MEX
22 Traisy Vivien Tukiet 18 Malaysia MAS
23 Brenda Spaziani 28 Italy ITA
24 Audrey Labeau 27 France FRA
25 Annia Rivera 20 Cuba CUB
26 Kim Su-Ji 14 South Korea KOR