David Boudia will compete in individual events in the Olympics for the third time as he qualified in the important 10-meter platform event at the USA Diving trials on Sunday. Boudia, who had already qualified to represent the United States in the synchronized 10-meter platform alongside partner Steele Johnson, was dominant in the individual trials and came out on top on Sunday.
Boudia won Olympic gold for the US in the 2012 London Olympics and was the only American man to do so in the sport of diving. His final round to win Olympic gold totaled 568.65 points, and he came up just shy of that in his trails final, scoring 527.15 points. Boudia’s final tally was 1,534.40 points over the course of preliminaries, semifinals and finals.
His chief competition was his synchronized partner, Johnson. Boudia actually trailed Johnson going into the final round of the semifinals, but he ultimately took the lead going into the finals and did not let up. Fortunately, the top two competitors advanced, and Johnson’s score of 1,475.15 points was enough to push him over David Dinsmore, the man in third going into Sunday and the only one close enough to threaten his berth.
Dinsmore came very, very close, with a score of 1,463.15 points. At one point he had taken over second place when Johnson botched a dive in the second round on Monday.