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3-meter synchro gold for Americans

TROY Dumais and teen partner Kristian Ipsen of the United States won the synchronized men's 3-meter springboard competition at the USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday.

The 29-year-old Dumais, a three-time Olympian, won with 16-year-old Ipsen.

"He's 16 and he can dive better than anybody, and I'm proud to be part of a synchro team with him," Dumais said. "He helps me just as much as, maybe, I help him."

They scored 443.13 to beat Britons Ben Swain and Nicholas Robinson-Baker with 422.70. Americans Christopher Colwill and Jevon Tarantino placed third with 410.70 points, but were unable to pick up the bronze medals as FINA rules state only one team per country can medal.

The bronze went to Alexandros Manos and Stefanos Paparounas of Greece, who scored 393.99.

Canadians Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito won the synchronized women's platform when they moved into first place on the final dive. They finished top in the field of four with 314.64.

They were happy to overcome the lack of practice time before the event, which was supposed to be 40 minutes but was reduced to 10.

"It was very stressful because we were supposed to have 40 minutes and we didn't practice our synchro this week," Benfeito said.

Monique McCarroll and Megan Sylvester of Britain took silver with 310.62, and Americans Kaylea Arnett and Michelle Cabassol took the bronze with 289.92.


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