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Russia’s Dimitry Sautin gets gold in World Diving

September 13, 1997

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Russia’s Dimitry Sautin logged 456.75 points to win the gold medal Friday in 3-meter springboard competition in the 10th World Diving Championships.

Sautin, gold medalist in the 1996 Olympics at Atlanta, had no trouble outdoing Zhou Yilin and Xu Hao, both of China, who won the silver and bronze, respectively. Yilin scored 455.79 points and Hao 451.53.

Mexicans Fernando Platas was fourth and Eduardo Rueda fifth and Andreas Wels of Germany was sixth.

Sautin scored his highest points in his fifth dive with 83.64. Yilin’s best was 90.30 points on his third dive but he was unable to maintain that high level throughout.

The Chinese team of Chi Bin and Wang Rui won the gold medal in 10-meter synchronized diving, combining for 312.54 points in five dives. Anke Piper and Ute Wetzing of Germany, with 268.47 points, earned the silver medal.

Kristin Link of Springfield, Va., and Lindsay Long of Lakeside Park, Ky., got the bronze medal, combining for 261.54 points.

China continued to dominate after three days ofcompetition with four gold medals, three silver and three bronze. Canada and Russia are tied with a gold apiece and Germany has a silver and two bronze.

The United States has one silver and one bronze.

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