Elaine Thompson, Associated Press
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — David Boudia is returning to the Olympics in two events after winning the 10-meter platform title at the U.S. diving trials Saturday.
He totaled 1,642.40 points over the six-round final, easily defeating platform synchro partner Nick McCrory, who finished second with 1,582.55. They had already made the team for the London Games by winning the platform synchro event in the eight-day meet.
Thomas Finchum, a 2008 Olympian, finished third with 1,463.20. Only the top two individuals go to London. Afterward, Finchum, who is a long shot in the 3-meter springboard final on Sunday, said he plans to retire at 22.
"It's disappointing to be left off the team, but I'm happy with what I've done," Finchum said, regaining his composure after breaking down in tears. "I don't have any regrets. I didn't win, but I definitely showed a little bit of what I've done."
Boudia, McCrory and Finchum were the top talents in the 12-man final. Besides being the most experienced, they also had the highest degree of difficulty. All three divers earned perfect marks of 10.0 among their scores over the final three rounds.
"Nick and I battling back and forth, we just fed off one another," Boudia said. "That's what we want to see going into London. It just raised my level of competition."
Boudia finished 10th in platform and fifth on synchro platform four years ago in Beijing.
Diving in front of Boudia, McCrory received one 10 for his fourth dive, a reverse 3 1/2 somersaults that totaled 92.40 points. Just before he dived, Finchum did the same one and earned two 10s for a score of 90.75.
Boudia followed with the same dive and totaled 89.10.
"I took a deep breath," McCrory said. "I love that dive. I've done it for 10s before. I wanted to do something exciting in finals."
McCrory was just getting warmed up. He followed up in the next round with a backward 3 1/2 somersaults tuck that earned five 10s and a score of 99.10. Boudia topped him on the same dive, earning one 10 and a score of 102.60.
"In order to hang with him, I have to be consistent," McCrory said about Boudia. "He's always throwing up huge scores."
On the awards podium, four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis presented Boudia and McCrory with blue glass sculptures. McCrory's slipped out of his hands and crashed in pieces.
Finchum said he plans to move to Nashville and attend Belmont University while pursuing a country music career with his band. Boudia trained with Finchum for eight years in the Indianapolis area.
"He had a great career and more to look forward to than diving," Boudia said.
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