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LONDON - Duke diver and Olympic bronze medalist Nick McCrory started off the men's individual 10-meter platform competition at the London Olympics on a strong note Friday, placing eighth overall in the preliminary round to move on to Saturday's semifinals.

The Chapel Hill, N.C., native, who last week earned a bronze medal with fellow American David Boudia in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform contest, concluded Friday's preliminaries with a total score of 480.90 to secure one of 18 spots in the event semifinals. Boudia also advanced to the semifinal round after finishing 18th out of 32 total divers.

McCrory started off his list of six dives by scoring 76.80 points on an inward 3 ½ somersault for a 3.2 degree of difficulty. He then earned a score of 81.60 points, including three 8.5s, on his armstand back double somersault with 1 ½ twists to put him in ninth overall at the end of the second round.

In the third round, McCrory increased his degree of difficulty to 3.7 on a forward 4 ½ somersault. He received a score of 77.70 from the judges to bring his total to 236.10. A reverse 3 ½ somersault in the following round garnered a score of 79.20 to put him in 10th with two dives remaining.

McCrory moved up two spots to eighth overall after his fifth dive, a back 3 ½ somersault in the tuck position that netted him a score of 79.20 from the judges. He finished the preliminaries with his highest-scoring dive of the day, a back 2 ½ somersault with 2 ½ twists for a 3.6 degree of difficulty that earned a score of 86.40.  

Saturday's 10-meter semifinals will be broadcast at 5 a.m. EST on The top 12 divers in the semifinals will move on to the final round, slated for 3:30 p.m. EST Saturday. Each round of competition will also be re-aired in primetime on NBC.


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