Duke diver Nick McCrory finished 9th in Saturday’s men’s 10 meter platform final in a tough field that rebounded from a lackluster prelim.
He finished with a total score of 505.40. With his opening dive, he recorded three 9s on an inward 3 ½ somersault in the tuck position (86.40 points). That score started him out in sixth place.
His best dive of the night came last (but a little too late). He scored 97.20 points (his highest of the Olympics) on a back 2 ½ somersault with 2 ½ twists.
McCrory will be returning to classes at Duke this fall with a medal though, the bronze he and David Boudia won in the 10M synchronized event.
Speaking of Boudia, he won the gold medal in the 10M platform final with an almost flawless final run of six dives. That came off a horrendous showing in the preliminaries on Friday where he just squeaked in in the 18th and last spot. In an interview after the prelims with McCrory, he said he couldn’t go anywhere but up.
And up he did. He became the first American to win gold in the men’s 10M platform event since Greg Louganis in 1988 (Louganis was in attendance). He finished with a score of 568.65, just 1.80 points ahead of China’s Qui Bo (the closest final since 1988).
Boudia had to dive immediately following hometown darling Tom Daley, who led throughout the finals (Daley finished with the bronze). Boudia admitted he had no idea where he was at in the standings and was glad he didn’t (he would have been nervous).
It came down to the final dive, with Boudia and Bo completing the same tougher dive than Daley (a back 2.5 somersault with 2.5 twists). Boudia scored a 102.60, while Bo scored 100.80.
For more on Boudia’s story of being scared of heights, click HERE.
*With so many of the Olympic athletes showing extreme disappointment in not finishing first (ie the women gymnasts and track and field athletes), Daley was thrilled to pick up a bronze. He, his teammates, and coaches all jumped into the pool following the finals. Check out his Twitter timeline.