Photo: van Garcia and German Sanchez Win Silver Medal in Synchronized Diving
Mexico’s Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez went all out on Monday with a very difficult dive, but they pulled it off thus assuring themselves the silver medal in the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform at the London Olympic Games.
Garcia and Sanchez racked up 468.90 points for second place after Chinese champions Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan, who had 486.78, and beating out the U.S. pair of Nicholas McCrory and David Boudia, who took home the bronze with 463.47.
The Chinese and Britons Thomas Daley and Peter Waterfield went out in front early on, while the Mexicans found themselves in last place after their first two obligatory dives.
In their third dive, however, Garcia and Sanchez move up into fifth place with scores of more than 8 points.
That was when they decided to forget they were at the Olympics and they visualized themselves alone with their trainer in their gym in Guadalajara and executed an inward 4 1/2 somersault tuck with a 4.1 degree of difficulty, picking up 95.94 points to vault into second place, with only the Chinese ahead of them.
“We played it because it was the only way to fulfill this dream. We could have failed because we tried something very difficult, but it worked out and here I have the medal,” Sanchez told the media.
The silver medal was Mexico’s first of the London games and 56th overall.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon congratulated Garcia and Sanchez via Twitter.
“Congratulations to German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia, silver medal in 10-meter synchronized ... Congratulations!” the president wrote.
The pair of divers were also hailed by the governor of their home state of Jalisco, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez.
“Congratulations to @IvanGarciaPollo and to @DiverSanchez for giving Mexico its first silver medal. They are the pride of Jalisco,” the governor tweeted.