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Boudia Advances to 10M Final, Johnson Eliminated

David Boudia will have a chance to defend his gold in London

Olympics: Diving Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports

It was a rough morning for the American divers from Purdue, but David Boudia will at least advance to the 10 meter platform finals with a shot to defend his gold from London.

Boudia finished 10th with a 458.35 after he had a solid preliminary round. That was just enough to advance to tonight’s final at 4:30pm, as he was safe by roughly 11 points.

The hard luck 13th place finisher? Purdue’s Steele Johnson. His silver with Boudia in the synchro event will have to be enough as he finished with a 447.85, 6 points out of 12th place. He did qualify as a reserve for the final if one of the final 12 is injured. In an absolutely shocking twist Thomas Daley of Great Britain not only will miss the final, but he finished dead last. He was the bronze winner in London and was the leader of last night’s prelim round. His 403.25 featured three dives blow 55 points, which is shocking because he was expected to contend for gold.

Boudia will dive at 4:30 ET and has 6 more dives. All scores are reset to zero, so he still has an excellent chance to medal.