ROME — Purdue sophomore diver and Noblesville, Indiana native David Boudia won a silver medal Saturday in the synchronized platform competition at the FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy.
Boudia teamed with Beijing Olympic teammate Thomas Finchum to put 456.84 points on the board during the five-dive list. The duo was tied for sixth after the second set of dives but vaulted to second with 89.76 points, the highest score of the round, in the third. Boudia and Finchum wrapped up the silver with a 98.04-point dive in the final round. The divers earned their second World Championships medal after placing third in the event at the 2007 World Championships before finishing fifth in the Olympics last summer.
“Thomas and I are very excited to win the silver medal,” Boudia said. “We’ve been working hard since Beijing. We’re excited to put the US back on track, and I know this is not the end.”
Liang Huo and Yue Lin from China, who won gold at the Beijing Olympics and the 2007 World Championships, took the top spot by scoring 482.58 points. After Boudia and Finchum, Cuba’s Jose Antonio Guerra Oliva and Jeinkler Ernesto Aguirre Manso rounded out the medal podium with a third-place, 456.60-point finish.
Boudia, whose sixth-place finish Tuesday in the individual platform was the highest by an American in the event since 1998, contributed to the best World Championships by the United States since 1991. The Americans return to the states with four medals, all silver, which is the highest medal count for the red, white and blue since the 1991 championships in Perth, Australia.