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China's Chen sweeps platform events again

Chinese diver Chen Ruolin swept the women's platform events for the second straight Olympics after winning the 10-meter individual Thursday.

Chen totaled 422.30 points on her five dives in the final, 55.80 more than silver medalist Brittany Broben from Australia. Malaysia's Pamg Pandelela Rinong was 63.10 points back for the bronze.

Chen led after each session, including Wednesday's preliminaries and Thursday morning's semifinals. She had already won synchronized platform gold with Wang Hao and entered the Olympics as the overwhelming favorite in the individual event as well.

Her win marked China's 200th Summer Olympics gold medal.

"I knew this before the competition," she said, "but it didn't put too much pressure on me."

China has now won gold in six of the seven diving events in London after going 7-for-8 in Beijing four years ago.

Russia's Ilya Zakharov was the first non-Chinese diver to win gold here when he beat Qin Kai and He Chong to win the men's 3-meter springboard on Tuesday, saying afterward he was pleased "that I managed to take a medal away from China."

Two Canadian divers who made the final finished well back. Roseline Filion ended 10th and Meaghan Benfeito was 11th.

U.S. diver Brittany Viola, the daughter of 1988 American League Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola, was eliminated in the semifinals.