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David Boudia returns for third Olympic Games, chance to defend gold medal

David Boudia returns for third Olympic Games, chance to defend gold medal

Olympic champion David Boudia and his synchronized partner Steele Johnson qualified individual for Rio berths.

David Boudia, 2012 Olympic 10m platform champion, qualified for the opportunity to defend his title by winning the competition at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials on Sunday in Indianapolis. Steele Johnson, Boudia’s synchronized partner for the 2016 Olympics, also qualified for an individual berth in Rio.

Boudia’s final round to win Olympic gold totaled 568.65 points. He scored 527.15 points at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials final. The cumulative score tallied 1534.40. Johnson earned 1475.15 points.

Johnson led the field after the preliminary round, but Boudia overtook him for the lead after the cumulative semifinal round and never let go.

David Dinsmore was third with 1463.15 points.  

Johnson missed a dive in round 2, slipping to third place behind Dinsmore, but rallied to score 99.90 on his dive in round 3 and claw back into second place.

Meanwhile, NBC diving analyst Cynthia Potter declared Boudia “didn’t have to worry; he’s diving by himself out there.”

Boudia and Johnson qualified for the Games on Thursday as the sole men’s synchronized platform pair to compete in Rio. Alongside then-partner Nick McCrory, Boudia added a bronze medal in the event at the London Games.

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