LONDON — There were, as expected, two divers from China on the medal podium for the men's 3-meter springboard ceremony.
Just not in the usual spot at the Aquatics Centre.
At the top.
China's chance at a gold sweep of the diving events at the London Olympics ended when Ilya Zakharov of Russia nailed his final dive, scoring 104.50 points on it to win gold Tuesday night.
An emotionally spent Qin Kai of China took the silver and defending Olympic champion He Chong claimed the bronze. American Troy Dumais, competing in his fourth Olympic Games, placed fifth.
The overall difference between Zakharov and Qin was a mere 14.15 points. It was Russia's first diving gold medal since 2000.