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#RioGoldRush: Eight points short, diver Yona Knight-Wisdom misses out of finals

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 10:38 AM

Liven Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's history-making diver Yona Knight-Wisdom failed to advance to the finals of the Men's 3m springboard competition at the Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old first-time Olympian finished the semi-final with a total of 381.40 points, good for 14th place out the 18 divers who competed.

Knight-Wisdom is the first man to represent Jamaica and the Caribbean in an Olympic diving competition and after the event he took to social media to share his excitement.

"Eight points from making the finals," he posted on Twitter in reference to gap between himself and UK diver Jack Laugher for the 12th spot.

China's Yuan Cao finished first with a total of 489.10 points ahead of the Mexican diver Rommel Pacheco who amassed 469.70 points.

Knight-Wisdom, who was born in the United Kingdom, had scores of 75, 48, 45.90, 63, 72 and 77.50 for his six semi-final dives.

After his final dive, Knight-Wisdom raised his hands and waved to the crowd inside the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre and got a loud applause.