Chen leads 10m women’s platform

Two-time Olympic champion Chen Ruolin of China led the
semifinals of 10-meter platform diving at the world
championships.

After a slight bobble in the preliminaries led to a third-place
showing, Chen took control the afternoon and totaled 373.65 points
over her five dives on Wednesday.

Britain’s Tonia Couch was next with 368.15, followed by China’s
Si Yajie at 341.85. Si was on top after the preliminaries but
couldn’t hold off Chen in the semifinals.

The top 12 advance to the final Thursday. They include Pandelela
Pamg of Malaysia, last year’s Olympic bronze medalist on the tower
and American Victoria Lamp.

The silver medalist in London, Australia’s Brittany Broben, was
eliminated along with American Amy Cozad.

China has won five of the first six diving events in
Barcelona.