Sun, July 29, 2012
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US diving duo hope to inspire US diving medal surge

2012-07-29 17:33:27 GMT2012-07-30 01:33:27(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LONDON, July 29 (Xinhua) -- They may have finished second behind Chinese duo of Wu Minxia and He Zi in the final of the women's 3-meter synchronized springboard, but silver medalists Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnson were still delighted by their achievement.

Their silver medal was the first medal in diving that the United States has won since Laura Wilkinson's display on the 10 meter platform in Sydney 12 years ago, now the duo hope their success can kick-start the US to further success in the diving pool in London.

"We have fine-tuned our dives a bit. We had confidence to hit the dives and we were able to stand up to the pressure that was on us on our last dive," said Bryant.

"We are off to a good start and now we hope that now the whole team will perform," she said, while Johnson also hoped to inspire more medals for the US diving team.

"Taking a medal on the first day means that everyone will now know that they can do it. We have started the team off on the right foot and I will be cheering the rest of them on," said Johnson, who was delighted with her medal.

"It was the performance of a lifetime for us," she commented.

It may have been the 'performance of a lifetime' for the Americans, who finished five points ahead of Canadian duo of Jennifer Abel and Emile Hetmans, but the fact is that Bryant and Johnson still ended up with 23.40 points less than China's gold medal winning pair of Wu and He, who scored a stunning total of 345,20 points.

"If you want to have any chance of beating them, you have to be really consistent. You have to make zero errors to have any chance of winning," said Johnson.

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