It has been a long wait, but today David Boudia and Steele Johnson start their quest for individual gold after both earned a silver medal in the Men’s 10-metere Synchronized diving event last week in Rio. Today is the preliminary round for the 10-meter individual event and both Johnson and Boudia are competing. Both should also be in contention for medals too.
The event is live at 3pm today and the link to the stream is found right here. Everyone performs 6 dives today with the top 18 advancing to tomorrow’s semifinals. After 6 semifinal dives the top 12 move on to the finals tomorrow night for 6 more dives. Here is what NBC Olympics has to say about who is favored:
American David Boudia claimed the gold medal in 2012 by defeating Qiu Bo by a narrow 1.80-point margin after a near-flawless final dive. The two veterans could very well be near the top when the finals finish this year with pressure expected from Chian's Chen Aisen, Great Britain's Tom Daley and Boudia's synchronized partner Steele Johnson.
Remember, Boudia barely made it out of the preliminaries last time before dominating the semifinals and finals. The scores are reset to zero after each round, too.
Today is also a busy day for other Purdue athletes in Rio:
Carmiesha Cox - The Purdue senior-to-be will compete today in the 4x400 relay for the Bahamas. They go in the early evening session at the track stadium and she will run in Heat 2.
Paula Reto - The former Purdue golfer is halfway through the four rounds of golf and she currently sits in 33rd place nine strokes behind the leader Inbee Park.