Olympic champion David Boudia couldn’t repeat his London feat. Instead, the marquee last event of the diving world championships played out exactly as it did in 2011.
China’s Qiu Bo won the world title again, followed by Boudia and Germany’s Sascha Klein for the same podium order as two years ago. British favorite Tom Daley finished sixth and apparently wasn’t quite 100 percent.
Qiu ran away with the title as he did in 2011, scoring 581 points. Boudia had 517.4 and Klein posted 508.55 at the outdoor Montjuic Municipal pool with a breathtaking backdrop view of Barcelona.
Boudia picked up the only medal for USA Diving at the world championships after a four-medal performance for the U.S. at the Olympics. No other American diver finished in the top nine of an individual event in Barcelona this past week. The best finish in synchronized events was fifth by Troy Dumais and Michael Hixon on the 3-meter springboard.
Boudia had the highest overall score in the semifinals Saturday and led after the first two rounds in the six-round final before Qiu started nailing near-perfect dives. Boudia should be satisfied with his silver given he didn’t return to competition from his post-Olympic break until May.
China nearly swept the golds at diving worlds for a second straight time, winning nine of 10 events. The only outlier was the men’s synchro platform, where it settled for bronze.