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Great Britain pair wins first-ever Olympic diving gold; U.S. takes silver

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China has traditionally dominated the synchronized diving competitions in the Summer Olympics, winning 16 of a possible 19 gold medals in synchronized diving since the sport’s addition to the Olympic program heading into the men’s 3m springboard final. While China still has an incredible rate of success in synchronized diving competitions, they were unable to add to that gold medal total Wednesday.

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Great Britain’s Jack Laugher and Chris Mears pulled off the upset, taking the gold medal with a score of 454.32 points in the six-round competition. And in winning, Laugher and Mears earned their nation’s first-ever Olympic diving gold medal. Taking the silver was the American duo of Michael Hixon and Sam Dorman with a total of 450.21 points, and China’s Cao Yuan and Qin Kai took the bronze with 443.70 points.

Cao and Qin held the lead through two rotations, but it was in the third and fourth rotations when the pairs from Great Britain and the United States made their charge.

The difference between gold and silver was essentially determined in the fifth round of dives, with Great Britain posting a score of 86.58 to the United States’ 78.54.

Richie Porte crashes out of Tour de France again

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Australian¬†Richie Porte¬†crashed out of the Tour de France on the ninth stage for a second straight year, suffering a fractured right clavicle six miles into Sunday’s stage.

‚ÄúObviously I‚Äôm devastated,” Porte said, according to Team BMC. “For the second year in a row I am ending the Tour de France like this. I was on the ground before I knew it, and straight away felt pain in my right shoulder.”

Porte, who finished fifth in the 2016 Tour de France and was an overall podium contender these last two years, was seen sitting on the side of the road, gritting his teeth and crossing his right arm over his chest.

There was a mass stoppage of riders, with at least one spectator down on the side of the narrow road. The crash came well before the Tour stage was to hit 15 arduous cobblestone sections totaling 13 miles.

Porte was in 10th place after eight stages, 57 seconds behind race leader and BMC teammate Greg Van Avermaet. Avermaet and American Tejay van Garderen, in third place, were expected to work for Porte in the mountains later this week, hoping to put him in the yellow jersey.

Now, Van Garderen is in line to be the team leader.

In 2017, Porte fractured his clavicle and pelvis on a ninth-stage crash on a descent and had to abandon the Tour.

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Chris Froome, other stars crash on Tour de France cobblestones stage

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Richie Porte. Tejay van Garderen. Rigoberto Uran. Mikel Landa. Even Chris Froome.

Stage nine of the Tour de France promised to rattle the top riders, and the 15 sections of cobblestones totaling 13 miles delivered just that. All of the named men crashed on Sunday, with Porte abandoning the Grand Tour altogether (albeit he crashed before the first cobbles section, six miles into the stage).

In the end, German John Degenkolb got the stage win ahead of overall race leader Greg Van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert.

Van Avermaet, the Olympic road race champion from Belgium, retained the yellow jersey for a sixth straight day, extending his lead to 43 seconds over Brit Geraint Thomas. Van Avermaet rides for Team BMC, which lost its team leader in Porte.

American van Garderen presumably became the new team leader, but he crashed later in the stage and also suffered three flat tires.

Van Garderen entered the day third in the overall standings, nine seconds behind Van Avermaet. He ended it in 30th place, 6:05 behind Van Avermaet.

The best-placed favorite to finish on the podium in Paris on July 29 is now the four-time Tour winner Froome, in eighth place, 1:42 behind Van Avermaet. Froome is trying to tie the record of five Tour titles shared by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

The Tour takes its first of two rest days Monday, resuming with the first day in the Alps on Tuesday live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold (full broadcast schedule here). Stage 10 features a beyond-category climb and three category-one climbs.

‚ÄúI‚Äôm relieved to get through today and looking forward to getting into the mountains now where the real race for GC (general classification) will start,‚ÄĚ Froome said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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