China is still the powerhouse of Olympic diving.
But ever so slowly, the rest of the world is catching up.
Just ask American David Boudia, who's leaving London with a gold medal around his neck.
Showing the Chinese can be defeated, Boudia pulled off a stunning upset of Qiu Bo in 10-meter platform Saturday on the final night of competition at the Olympic Aquatics Centre, giving the United States its first diving gold since the 2000 Sydney Games.
''This shows the world is coming after China,'' Boudia said. ''They're not as dominant anymore.''
Still better than anyone else, for sure. The Chinese captured six of the eight diving golds in London, but that was actually a dropoff from their seven golds in 2008. Again, they were denied a sweep of every event, which has become their daunting standard.
''Pressure is a strange thing,'' said Lin Yue, who finished sixth on the platform. ''You can't really see it, but sometimes you do feel it.''
Boudia was as calm as can be. Flipping and t...