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Guo dives for another world crown

GUO Jingjing of China won her fifth straight world championship in the women's 3-meter springboard in Rome.

Guo finished with 388.20 points, far ahead of anyone else in the 12-woman final.

Canada's Emilie Heymans was second on 346.45 and Italy's Tania Cagnotto thrilled the home crowd by taking the bronze with 341.25.

The 27-year-old Guo captured her first springboard world title in 2001, and she hasn't lost since in the every-other-year competition. She is also a two-time Olympic champion in the event, and has nine world titles overall.

In the men's 10-meter platform, Qiu Bo of China led Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham and 15-year-old Tom Daley in the semifinals.

Qiu compiled 521.15 points through six dives. Mitcham, an Australian, was awarded 499 points and Daley, of Britain, had 498.75.

Olympic silver medalist Zhou Luxin of China was fourth.

The top 12 divers qualified for the final later in the day.

Pre-meet contender Jose Antonio Guerra Oliva of Cuba placed 16th and did not qualify.

Earlier, Australia's Melissa Gorman snatched a dramatic photo-finish victory in the women's five-kilometer open water race at the world championships.

Gorman beat multiple world champion Larisa Ilchenko after the Russian missed touching the finish with her final stroke and had to settle for silver.

Officials took several minutes reviewing television footage before Gorman, who had led for most of the ocean race, was declared the winner.

"She's been my idol and to beat her is amazing. I can't believe I actually got there," Gorman said.

The 23-year-old from Brisbane competes in today's 10km race and will take to the pool next week in the 1,500-meter and 800 freestyle in pursuit of more world championship glory.

Brazil's Poliana Okimoto took bronze in the 5km race under slightly murky skies just off the coast of the beach resort of Ostia close to Rome.

There was none of the physical contact which has marred previous open water races although Olympic 10km champion Ilchenko and Gorman swam next to each other in a thrilling final straight.

Fighting off

In the men's 5km, Germany's Thomas Lurz surged to a fifth successive world championship victory after fighting off the challenge of Greece's Spyridon Gianniotis in a time of 56 minutes, 27 seconds.

South Africa's Chad Ho snatched bronze from Italy's Luca Ferretti, one of a flurry of home nation hopes to have finished fourth in world aquatic championship competition this week.

The open water competitions at the Rome showpiece were postponed by a day after storms battered the beach facilities.

In synchronized swimming, Anastasia Davydova and Svetlana Romashina of Russia won the technical duet.

Swimming to the notes of Gioachino Rossini's "Figaro," Russia was awarded 98.667 points.

The Spanish pair of Andrea Fuentes and Gemma Mengual finished second with 97.333 points, and Chinese twins Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen finished third on 85.667. Davydova won gold in duet at the last two Olympics with Anastasia Ermakova.


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