We followed the FINA Diving World Cup this weekend as we lead up to our Olympics coverage this summer. It was fantastic to see American David Boudia (right) finish strongly in fourth place, just off of the podium, for the Men's 10m Platform. Qiu Bo took the 10m gold and is setting himself up nicely for the Olympics. Boudia will also be one athlete to watch in the London Olympics, as he is likely to compete in both the 10m Platform and the Synchronized 10m Platform. Mathew Mitcham, as we wrote earlier, did not make the finals of his event, the 10m platform.
But the story of the World Cup was China's clean sweep of all eight diving golds. In Beijing, they won seven of eight (with Mitcham snatching the other). Mitcham's fate rests with how well he can get in shape after suffering from injury through most of 2011. Boudia has little shot at a gold this summer, but you never know...and he has a legit shot at a medal.
Brit Tom Daley and his synchronized partner Peter Waterfield were criticized for their performance in the Synchronized 10m Platform. But Waterfield scored big with the home London crowd, taking a bronze in the individual 10m. Both of them will be under the microscope this summer.
Photo: July 24, 2011; Shanghai, CHINA; David Boudia (USA) during the men's 10m platform diving final at the 14th FINA World Championships. Mandatory Credit: OSports via US PRESSWIRE