Troy Dumais wins his second silver medal at the FINA World Championships

July 23, 2009, 4:02 p.m. (ET)


ROME, Italy - Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) won his second silver medal of the 2009 FINA World Championships on Thursday, placing second to China's He Chong in the men's 3-meter finals.

Dumais scored 498.40 points to He's 505.20. Canada's Alexandre Despatie took the bronze with 490.30 points. Earlier in the week, Dumais paired with Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.) for silver in synchronized 3-meter.

Dumais came up short of a medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, where he finished sixth, perhaps setting the tone for success this year.

"It's been a long year. After Beijing, it was tough. You set goals and you come up short. But it's tough to see dreams go away," said Dumais, who is competing in his sixth World Championships. "I have to give it to my coach, my teammates and USA Diving. They've supported me better than ever this year."

His 3-meter medal continues the success the U.S. team has had in Rome. With two events still remaining, Team USA has won three silver medals. At the 2007 worlds, the U.S. won one medal -- a bronze on the final day of competition.

Dumais was in fourth place - seven points out of third - after four rounds but then turned in 94.50 points on his reverse 3 1/2 for the highest scoring dive of the fifth round to move up to third. He finished with 87.50 points on his reverse twister, good enough to bump him up to second.

"I came here and did my job," Dumais said. "I had set some goals, and I did it."

Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.) finished eighth with 451.70 points, saving his best dive for last with 87.50 points on his reverse 3 ½ in the final round.

"I had a better performance today, but I know I'm capable of hitting 470," Colwill said.

In other action Thursday, Kelci Bryant (Chatham, Ill.) and Ariel Rittenhouse (Santa Cruz, Calif.) finished seventh with 293.40 points in the women's synchronized 3-meter preliminaries to advance to Friday's finals. China's Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia led the field with 342.90 points.

The diving events at the World Championships continue through July 25.

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