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Men’s synchronized 3m springboard preview: Uphill battle for young Americans

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The Time


The men's synchronized 3m springboard event takes place at 3pm ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10.



The Format


Synchronized diving events are direct finals with no preliminary or semifinal round. 


Each team will perform five dives. The medalists will be determined based on the five dives performed by each team.



The Odds


China -- 4/23 

Russia -- 21/4 

Great Britain -- 9/1 

Germany -- 23/2 

Mexico -- 18/1 

Italy -- 25/1 

USA -- 50/1 

Brazil -- 150/1


Odds as of Aug. 6 courtesy betting website Bovada.lv.



The Americans


San Dorman (24) and Michael Hixon (22)



The Key Storylines


Qin Kai of China has failed to win the synchronized springboard event just once in nine major international contests. The loss, however, came at this year's World Cup -- in Rio -- and Qin described his performance as "irresponsible." But Qin and partner Cao Yuan bounced back to top the podium at the 2016 World Series in Beijing. "We will keep our fighting spirit to the Olympic Games," Cao told reporters.


The Reigning Medalists


2012 gold -- China's Luo Yutong & Qin Kai

2012 silver -- Russia's Ilya Zakharov & Yevgeny Kuznetsov

2012 bronze -- USA's Troy Dumais & Kristian Ipsen



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