May 13, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT
After claiming to be only at sixty percent for this weekend’s FINA USA Grand Prix in Florida – a tune-up for trials and (maybe) worlds later this year – London 10m platform champ David Boudia won silver at his first event since last summer to prove that when you’re good, you’re just that good.
“I’m super pleased for where I am right now,” Boudia told the Associated Press. “I’m just glad to be in the competition where I can be competitive with the Chinese at this stage. Diving is a sport that is totally mentally and it’s the windiest day I’ve dove in in a very long time.”
China’s Yanquan Zhang won the event with a total score of 521.00 to edge Boudia, who finished with 518.60. And that’s after Boudia scored 16.20 fewer points on his final dive than Zhang, with both performing a 2.5 backwards 2.5 twist.
“That last dive’s been giving me some trouble,” Boudia admitted. “It’s like just one degree if you fall back on it. It’s like if you force a golf swing it doesn’t work. And it’s the dive I won the Olympics with.”
We’re sure he’ll have the kinks worked out by worlds.
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