The first final of the day was the men’s synchronised platform final. Eight duos competed for the medals, two of them German - Tom Waldsteiner and Karl Schöne as well as Florian Fandler and Lou Massenberg.
Each duo performed six dives. The first two of them mandatory, the rest a mix of the couples favourites. The electives play an important role; they are where the duos can really earn some points with somersaults and twists – and perfect executions.
What makes them incredibly difficult is that mistakes in the electives are often easier to spot as they can cause real problems with synchrony. The dive set of the Russian duo was the most difficult one. Their fourth dive was not only their most difficult one but also that of the entire competition.
In the end, deciding against the easy way was what paid off for the duo. Ruslan Ternovoi and Aleksandr Belevtsev bagged the victory with a lead of almost 40 points. Silver goes to Matthieu Rosset ánd Benjamin Auffret from France while Ukrainians Oleg Serbin / Yevgen Naumenko celebrate the bronze medal.
Congratulations to all athletes.