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.