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Dumais Fails to Medal, U.S. May Face Shutout

Wednesday, August 25, 2004; Page D12

The Chinese finished in a familiar spot at the Olympic diving pool. So did the Americans.

Peng Bo held off Canadian teenager Alexandre Despatie and four-time Olympian Dmitri Sautin of Russia to win the three-meter springboard, giving the Chinese men their third straight gold medal in the event.

U.S. diver Troy Dumais finished in sixth in the 3-meter springboard final, squelching hopes for a medal in a competition that has so far been a shutout for the Americans. (Damir Sagolj - Reuters)

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Overall, the Chinese have won four diving golds, putting the powerful team in position to equal or beat its five golds from Sydney in 2000.

The Americans? They have yet to win a medal of any color, setting up the very real possibility of their first Olympic diving shutout since 1912. Troy Dumais climbed to fourth with a strong opening dive but couldn't follow it up, slipping back to sixth.

Peng bounced back from the disappointment of synchronized springboard, in which his partner, Wang Kenan, entered the water totally out of control on the final dive. The belly-flop landing was so bad that the duo scored no points, dropping them from first to last place.

Diving alone, Peng didn't blow it. His dives -- often performed with his mouth wide open -- featured stunning height off the board, tightly wrapped turns and hardly a ripple when he entered the water.

Peng clinched the gold with a brilliant final dive -- a forward 2 1/2 somersault with two twists. The 23-year-old climbed from the pool, turning to bow toward the water as Chinese fans waved their red-and-yellow flags.

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