Rio Olympics-Rio Sync Diving

Britain’s jack laugher and Chris Mears took gold in the men’s 3 metre springboard event, dethroning reigning Olympic champions China. Chinese divers had been targeting a sweep of all eight gold medals at the Rio diving competition, after winning six of out the total at the London 2012 olympics. Laugher and Mears’ medal was Britain’s third gold of the games. Their teammates tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow took bronze in the 10 metre synchronized competition on Monday. The Chinese team, led by Qin Kai, had held the men’s 3 metre title since the Beijing 2008 olympics. But in Rio, Qin and teammate Cao Yuan had to settle for third. Sam Dorman and mike Hixon of the United States took silver after recording 98.04 – the highest score of the competition – for their final dive. Jubilant teenager Sara Ahmed became the first Egyptian woman to stand on an Olympic podium when she finished third in the women’s 69kg at Riocentro on Wednesday. The 18-year-old from Ismailia also became the first arab woman to be presented with a medal in weightlifting. Xiang yanmei won gold, china’s fourth in weightlifting at the rio games, while kazakhstan’s zhazira zhapparkul took silver. Technically, abeer abdelrahman preceded ahmed as the first egyptian woman to land an olympic medal.

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