Amherst's Michael Hixon takes Olympic silver in synchronized diving

  • United States' Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon compete during the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard diving final in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)Wong Maye-E

Published: 8/10/2016 5:01:34 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There won’t be a golden sweep in the green Olympic diving pool.

Britain upset China to win gold in men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard Wednesday. Jack Laugher and Chris Mears totaled 454.32 points.

Americans Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon took silver at 450.21. China’s Cao Yuan and Qin Kai settled for bronze at 443.70, ending their country’s bid to sweep the eight diving medals at the Rio Games.

The Chinese had won the first three synchro diving events.

On a dreary day at Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, a steady drizzle fell throughout the six-round final. The pool’s water was green for the second straight day, with games officials struggling to correct what they say is decreased alkalinity that is to blame for the change from clear blue to murky green.

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