Steven LoBue won the men’s 27-meter gold medal as high diving competition wrapped up Sunday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
LoBue, a former Purdue University diver who now trains in Fort Lauderdale, scored 397.15 points to become the first U.S. male and third U.S. diver to win high diving gold at the World Championships. U.S. women took home gold at the 2013 and 2015 championships.
Michal Navratil of the Czech Republic finished second with 390.90, and Alessandro De Rose of Italy scored 379.65 points for bronze. USA’s Andy Jones was fourth at 368.05, and David Colturi finished 10th with 340 points.
LoBue, who won silver at the FINA High Diving World Cup earlier this year, entered Sunday’s competition in fourth place after Friday’s first two rounds. He moved into second place after his first dive on Sunday, with his inward triple somersault pike with a half twist scoring 99 points and earning a 10 from one judge.
LoBue then wrapped up his list with a difficult inward five somersaults tuck with a half twist. With a degree of difficulty of 5.4, it was the second-most difficult dive performed in the contest and LoBue came through with 113.40 points on the dive. Only Gary Hunt, who led heading into the final round, performed a more difficult dive. Hunt missed the inward triple somersault with 4 ½ twists to score just 70 points and drop to fifth in the final standings.
Jones, a former Utah diver who trains in Los Angeles, climbed five spots in the standings with a strong final dive. He was ninth after the third round but finished fourth in the final standings after closing out his day with 109.65 points on his inward triple somersaults with 2 ½ twists.
Colturi, a former Purdue diver now training in Los Angeles, wrapped up his competition in Budapest with 86.40 points on an inward triple somersault pike with a half twist and 71.30 points on a back triple somersault with three twists. On Saturday, former Notre Dame diver Tara Tira led the U.S. with a fourth-place finish in the women’s 20-meter competition. Cesilie Carlton finished sixth, and former University of Georgia diver Ginger Huber was ninth. Carlton won the women’s gold at the 2013 World Championships, with Rachelle Simpson winning gold for the U.S. women in 2015.
Courtesy of USA Diving