Chinese divers dominate

Lin Yue and Huo Liang of China en route to the synchronised 10M platform gold at the World Championships in Rome on Saturday.  AFP

Lin and Huo took command from the start with crisp, elegant dives and won comfortably with 482.58 points despite a relatively weak fifth-round effort.

David Boudia and Thomas Finchum of the United States produced an outstanding final dive to snatch the silver medal with a score of 456.84, just 0.24 more than Cuban duo Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Ernesto Aguirre Manso.

Britain's Max Brick and Tom Daley, the 15-year-old who won the individual 10m title on Tuesday, finished ninth after Brick made a mess of their third dive, while they both contributed to another poor showing in the fifth round.

Saturday's victory means the Chinese team have re-established their dominance at the end of the diving at the World Championships after a wobbly start in which they let three of the 10 world titles get away.

Russia show

Russia bagged the final synchronised swimming gold medal with victory in the team free routine event to underline their dominance in the discipline.  The Olympic champions scored 99.167 with a near flawless performance featuring a caterpillar dance and a spectacular back-flip to make it six-out-of-seven synchronised golds.

They did not have a team in the seventh event, the free combination, which Spain won on Wednesday.

For the sixth time this week in the synchronised pool, the Spaniards ran the Russians closest, scoring a point less to take silver. China won the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Valerio Cleri easily clinched the men's open water 25KM world title to more than make up for missing a medal in the 10km race. The Italian won in five hours 26 minutes. In the women's race, the final event in the open water worlds, Germany's Angela Maurer triumphed in five hours 47 minutes.

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