Britain dethrones China for men's 3m springboard gold

Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears took gold in the men's 3 metre springboard event on Wednesday, dethroning reigning Olympic champion China.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of United Kingdom compete in the men's 3 metre springboard event on Wednesday.   -  Reuters

Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears took gold in the men's 3 metre springboard event on Wednesday, dethroning reigning Olympic champion China.

Chinese divers had been targeting a sweep of all eight gold medals at the Rio diving competition, after winning six at the London 2012 Olympics.

Laugher and Mears' medal was Britain's third gold of the games. Their teammates Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow took bronze in the 10 metre synchronized competition on Monday.

The Chinese team, led by Qin Kai, had held the men's 3 metre title since the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

But in Rio, Qin and teammate Cao Yuan had to settle for third. Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon of the United States took silver after recording 98.04 - the highest score of the competition - for their final dive.

Brazil's Ian Matos and Luiz Felipe Outerelo failed to draw on the support of a vocal home crowd, splashing out in last place after posting a measly 28.8 in the second round.

The venue's pool remained a vibrant green despite assurances from Games organisers it would soon be back to its original blue colour after issues with the alkalinity of the water.

Prompting further concern amongst athletes and spectators, by Wednesday the neighbouring water polo pool had also adopted a green hue.

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