Boudia/Finchum win silver as U.S. wraps up most successful World Championships since 1991

July 25, 2009, 12:17 p.m. (ET)

ROME, Italy – David Boudia (Noblesville, Ind.) and Thomas Finchum (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the silver medal in men’s synchronized 10-meter Saturday, wrapping up the most successful World Championships for the United States since 1991.

Boudia and Finchum’s silver medal gave the U.S. its fourth medal of the World Championships, the most won by the U.S. since the 1991 worlds. 

“The U.S. has had a great meet, and this was a great way to end it,” said Finchum, who won bronze with Boudia for the only U.S. medal at the 2007 World Championships.

Finchum and Boudia finished with 456.84 points, jumping ahead of Cuba’s Jose Guerra and Jeinkler Aguirre in the final round. The Cubans finished with 456.60 points for bronze, and China’s Lin Yue and Huo Liang scored 482.54 for gold.

“Thomas and I are very excited to win the silver medal. We’ve been working hard since Beijing,” Boudia said. “We’re excited to put the U.S. back on track, and I hope this is not the end.”

The Cuban team held nearly a six-point lead over the Americans heading into the final round, with both teams performing a back 2 ½ with 2 ½ twists to close out the meet. The U.S. dove first and scored 98.04 points, with Cuba following with 92.34 points, enough to move the U.S. ahead. 

The U.S. also won silver medals in men’s 3-meter synchro (Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen), men’s 3-meter (Troy Dumais) and women’s 10-meter synchro (Haley Ishimatsu and Mary Beth Dunnichay).

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