LONDON -- Competing in his fourth Olympiad, former University of Texas diver and seven-time NCAA champion Troy Dumais captured his first Olympic medal Wednesday, as he and partner Kristian Ipsen won the bronze in the 3m synchronized diving at the Aquatics Centre.
Dumais and Ipsen won the synchronized springboard at the Olympic Trials in June to qualify for the Olympic final.
The diving duo logged a score of 90.09 on the round four dive, a reverse 2 1/2 somersault 1 1Ž2 twists, to leap onto the medal stand. A score of 86.70 on the sixth and final dive clinched the bronze medal for the pair.
“We could not be happier for Troy,” said Texas Men’s and Women’s Diving Coach Matt Scoggin. “He has been a model of professionalism and consistency for years and a wonderful representative for Texas Diving. Troy had won medal after medal at every level of international diving, from World Championships to Pan American Games to World Cups. But there had always been one thing missing from his resume, an Olympic medal, and that’s what kept him in the game for all these years.
“It was so great to see him today, in his fourth Olympiad at the age of 32, perform with Kristian (Ipsen) at this high level and win a bronze medal,” Scoggin continued. “This day and performance was all about hard work and finding a way to finally get on that medal platform. Everyone in Longhorn Nation and in the United States should be so proud of Troy.”
Dumais and Ipsen finished with a total score of 446.70. China’s team of Yutong Luo and Kai Qin won the gold medal with 477.00 points.
Dumais’ previous best finish in the event was fourth place in 2000. He was sixth in both 2004 and 2008.
Dumais is also competing as an individual in the 3m springboard, and those preliminary rounds begin on Monday, Aug. 6.
London Olympics 2012
Aquatics Centre – Aug. 1
Men’s Synchronized 3m Springboard
Official results: http://www.london2012.com/diving/event/men-synchronised-3m/index.html
1. Luo/Qin (China), 477.00
2. Zakharov/Kuznetsov (Russia), 459.63
3. Dumais/Ipsen(USA), 446.70
4. Prygorov/Kvasha (Ukraine), 434.22
5. Mears/Robinson-Baker (Great Britain), 432.60
6. Despatie/Ross (Canada), 421.83
7. Castilla Huerta/Sanchez Gallegos (Spain), 415.14
8. Huang/Lomas (Malaysia), 405.90