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Lo Bue nets high diving gold for US

STEVE Lo Bue admitted to a “surreal moment” as he became the first American to win gold in the men’s 27- meter high diving on the last day of the FINA world championships yesterday.

Lo Bue’s career-high victory came two years after he was hailed as a “miracle man” after hitting his head on the diving platform at a cliff diving event in France.

The 32-year-old rallied from fourth place after the first two rounds to claim gold with 397.15 points at a specially-constructed six-meter pool in the River Danube.

He beat Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic by 6.25 points, with Alessandro De Rose of Italy taking bronze.

“When hundreds of hours of training come together in the three seconds it takes to jump from 27m, I couldn’t be happier,” Lo Bue said.

“It is a surreal moment and I’m looking forward to a nice month of rest with my family before competing again.”

In 2015, the Florida-based diver hit his head during a routine in La Rochelle but completed the dive and emerged from the competition with just a facial cut and bandage over his left eye.

Lo Bue’s compatriot Andy Jones came fourth, while the previous two world champions — Britain’s Gary Hunt (2015), and Colombia’s Orlando Duque (2013) — finished fifth and sixth, respectively.


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