After the final dive, Christina Loukas smiled a perfunctory smile for the cameras and then, a few steps later along the pool deck, dropped her arms and buried her head into her coach's shoulder.
On Sunday morning, Kenny Armstrong fortified his pupil with perspective: We've come a long way just to get here, he told Loukas. She'd gone from high school and college star to the Olympics to a mental wreck who couldn't manage the simplest dive to quitting the sport. And she returned to it, and it took her here.
The eighth place finish in the women's 3-meter springboard event was a disappointment. But only when Loukas began talking about how much she battled did she remember where she was going, and then a bubble of emotion choked the words and triggered the tears.
"The plan was to be done after this, which is where the tears are coming from, to know it's all over," a red-eyed Loukas said, with one droplet of saline lingering on her cheek. "Diving has been my life. So we'll see."
Winning the competition was Wu Minxia of China with countryman He Zi finishing second. Laura Sanchez Soto of Mexico was third.
Badminton: China went five for five in gold medals in this sport that found itself a flashpoint for controversy. Earlier, four teams were excluded from the tournament because they intentionally tried to lose a game for better positioning in later rounds. The men's title was won by Lin Dan, who beat Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, 15-21, 21-10, 21-19. Chen Long of China won the bronze when he beat Lee Hyun-il of South Korea.
Cycling: Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark won the gold in the men's omnium, which is a combination of six events. Bryan Coquard of France won the silver and Edward Clancy got the bronze. Bobby Lea of the U.S. did not make the final round and finished 12th.
Equestrian: A lot of teams are still in medal contention after the first day of show jumping. The U.S. sits in seventh, tied with Brazil. The leader is Saudi Arabia followed by Netherlands, Britain and Sweden. After the first day the field is cut to 15. The next round is Monday.
Fencing: The U.S. men's foil team of Race Imboden, Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt made it to the bronze medal match but was crushed by Germany, 45-27. The gold was won by Italy, which defeated Japan, 45-39.
Field hockey: In men's play, Pakistan beat South Africa, 5-4, South Korea easily handled India, 4-1, Netherlands over German, 3-1 and Spain beat Argentina, 3-1. There were two ties, Britain-Australia (3-3) and New Zealand-Belgium (1-1).
Sailing: The first two sets of medals were awarded in this sport. In the men's Star, the gold went to Sweden followed by Britain and Brazil. The U.S. team of Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih finished seventh. This class will be eliminated for 2016 in Brazil. Zach Railey was well out of medal contention in the men's Finn finishing 12th. The gold went to Ben Ainslie of Britain while Jonas Hogh-Christensen of Denmark got the silver and Jonathan Lobert of France the bronze. Bob Willis finished his 10 races in men's windsurfing in 22nd position eliminating him from compettion. Only the top 10 boats continue. In the women's windsurfing, Farrah Hall finished 20th overall and also did not advance to the medal race. In the 49ers class, Erik Storck and Trevor Moore are in 15th place with two races to go before the medal race. Only the top 10 advance. In the women's 470, the U.S. team of Sarah Lihan and Amanda Clark are in eighth after six races.
Shooting: South Korea went 1-2 in the men's 50-meter pistol competition. Jin Jongoh collected the gold with teammate Choi Young Rae got the silver. Wang Zhiwei was awarded the bronze. Nick Mowrer of the U.S. finished 15th and Daryl Szarenski was 28th.
Synchronized swimming: After the first of three days of duet competition, the U.S. team of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva are 10th of 24 teams. It will be difficult for them to move into medal contention as they are almost 10 points behind first place Russia. China and Spain round out the top three.
Table tennis: Japan's women's team moves to the gold medal match after beating Singapore, 3-0. It will play the winner of Monday's match between China and South Korea. Regardless of the outcome it will be Japan's first ever medal in this sport.
Team handball: In women's play it was Brazil over Angola, Croatia beat Britain, South Korea topping Sweden, Spain over Norway, France beat Denmark and Montenegro and Russia playedto a tie.
Wrestling: As expected, the U.S. didn't make much of an impact in the 121- and 163-pound Greco-Roman competition. Spenser Mango lost in the first round of the repechage of the 121-pound class to finish eighth. Ben Provisor didn't make the repechage and finished 11th in the 163-pound class. Hamid Soryan of Iran was the gold medalist at 121 pounds. He beat Rovshan Bayramov of Azerbaijan in the final. Bronzes were awarded to Peter Modos of Hungary and Mingiyan Semenov of Russia. The 163 class was won by Roman Vlasov of Russia, who beat Arsen Julfalakyan of Armenia. Aleksandr Kazakevic of Lithuania and Emin Ahmadov of Azerbaijan won the bronze medals.
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