Lin, Huo capture China's second diving gold
China continued its march to eight diving gold medals as Lin Yue and Huo Liang won the men's 10-metre synchronized platform title Monday in Beijing.
The Chinese tandem dominated from the beginning, leading throughout all six rounds before winning with a combined score of 468.18.
China would be the first country to sweep all the diving medals should it win the next six events.
Germany's pair of Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding bounced back from early struggles to earn a silver at 450.42. Russia's veteran team of Gleb Galperin and Dmitry Dobroskok finished ahead of Australia to grab the bronze-medal position at 445.26 .
Lin and Huo have overmatched their competition for the past two years and won the 2007 world championships in Melbourne. This duo has definitely taken the mantle from Chinese diving greats Liang Tian and Jinghui Yang, who won gold in Athens.
Huo is only five-foot-one, while Lin is an inch taller.
"I'm a little short and that may affect my execution in the air," said Huo, "but it will be OK if I pay attention to it."
What makes the Chinese pair so formidable is that they don't rest on past accomplishments. After winning the world championships, Lin admitted that he wasn't "quite satisfied" with his performance and felt he could improve.
"They can do this event in their sleep," CBC diving analyst Anne Montminy said prior to the competition. "It would take a real disaster for them to lose. They should not feel any pressure because they are so far superior to everyone else."
It appeared Russia would take silver, but Dobroskok made a critical error on his entry during the five round, leaving the door open for Klein and Hausding.
"The fifth jump, yes, I made a mistake," Dobroskok said through a translator. "This was a technical mistake and I don't think it was nerves. I was a bit too pressed up at the beginning of the dive and didn't have a strong entry."
With files from the Associated Press