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- 10. August 2008.

British Pair struggle after promising start




Gerrard and Sage had a positive start with good scores for both of their required dives but found themselves in eighth position after the second round of dives.

Guo and Wuo didn't open up the field as much as expected after performing their required dives to a lower standard than usual. After the second round the Chinese pair sat comfortably in the lead but the battle for silver and bronze saw four teams within just one point of each other.

As the competition entered the third round, the British pair dropped their reverse 2 ½ Somersaults tuck and scored no higher than a seven.

The Commonwealth bronze medallists, Gerrard and Sage, picked themselves up in the fourth round with their reverse 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists in free position, the hardest dive in their list, to score well but the gap between the rest of the field was just too much for them.

The Brits finished excellently with their back 2 ½ Somersaults tuck to again score well but finished in eighth position overall with a total score of 278.25.

With the hardest list of dives in the competition the Chinese pair put the gold out of reach in the third round and the race for silver saw Russia perform superbly throughout the competition to look safe for the second spot in the fourth round.

The bronze medal fight was left to Germany and the USA and it went down to the final dive. Germany and the USA were level going into the final round and with an excellent reverse 2 ½ Somersaults tuck from the German team, Ditte Kotzian and Heike Fischer, the pressure was on the American team.

Kelci Bryant and Ariel Rittenhouse took to the boards as the final pair in the event and lost some marks with their back 2 ½ Somersaults pike to finish just four points behind the German pair and lose the bronze medal.

The Chinese pair scored a huge 343.50 - almost ten points more than their last Olympic gold medal performance. Russia's Julia Pakhalina and Anastasia Pazdnyakova scored 323.61 to take silver and Germany won the bronze with 318.90.
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