A day after Jessica Parratto and Delaney Schnell won the competition to be the top non-Chinese divers in a synchronized event at these Olympics, Andrew Capobianco and Michael Hixon did the same in the men’s 3m synchronized springboard.
The Americans even scared the Chinese pair of Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi, posting the best score in the fifth of the sixth dives to win with 13.20 points. But Wang and Xie left no doubt about their breathtaking tuck dive in 4 1/2 forward somersaults, scoring more than 10 points more than the American pair on the same dive.
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Capobianco and Hixon started off slow and placed fifth after two dives. Their next two dives, however, were only passed by the Chinese, immediately placing them in second place. On the fifth dive, they put some distance between themselves and Mexicans Yahel Castillo and Juan Manuel Celaya.
The Mexican divers failed on their sixth and final dive, leaving the door open for Germans Patrick Hausding and Lars Rudiger to take bronze.
Capobianco, who won the last two NCAA Championships and has one more year of eligibility in Indiana, will also compete in the individual springboard event next week. Hixon rode Capobianco, ending his college career in 2018.
Hixon won her second straight silver medal in this event after teaming up with Sam Dorman in 2016. The United States also won bronze in this event in 2012 with Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen.