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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Unlikely Russian Takes Gold

APGold medal winner Dobroskok, left, embracing teammate Dmitry Sautin at the World Swimming Championships on Tuesday.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Russian Alexander Dobroskok fulfilled a dream Tuesday.

"I still can't believe I have won," said Dobroskok, who took gold in the men's 3-meter springboard and watched as friend and teammate Dmitry Sautin took only bronze.

"Sautin is the greatest of all of us. I cannot believe that I am the winner."

Dobroskok scored 788.37 points while China's Peng Bo took the silver with 780.84. Sautin, who led through five of the final six dives, erred in his final effort and settled for bronze with 776.64.

Dobroskok and Sautin won a gold together in the 3-meter synchronized springboard on the first day of the championships Sunday.

Now he's the first with two gold medals after only three days of the World Swimming Championships.

Considered the world's top diver, Sautin led the morning preliminaries and was ahead after the semifinals.

In the six-dive final, Sautin led Dobroskok and Peng from the start, scoring 93.00, 77.52, 98.70, 80.10, 90.00. But Dobroskok scored 103.95 on his final 2 1/2 somersault, 1 1/2 twist to reach 788.37.

Sautin did a 1 1/2 somersault, 3 1/2 twist but scored only 81.18 to lose both the gold and silver.

"As you have seen I failed to make a good entry on my last dive and without a good entry you can't get a good result," Sautin said.

He didn't seem upset.

"Sports is sports and life is life. It so happened that I made a mistake. ... It can happen," he said smiling.

Prior to these championships, Sautin had won 19 medals -- 10 of them golds -- in the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cups.

His most prized medal is the 1996 Olympic gold in the 10-meter platform in Atlanta.

This was the best moment of Dobroskok's career.

"I have always dreamed of competing with Dmitry and sometimes I thought that I might be the winner but I didn't expect it to happen," he said.

"For me, it is the most prestigious win. We were silver medalists in the 3-meter down in Sydney but for me, world champion is the best."

Sautin dismissed suggestions the win might affect their friendship.

"We are very good friends since the very beginning and we will remain the same," Sautin said.

Peng, for his part, had hoped for more.

"I am happy with the results but it was a pity because my goal here was to be the world champion," he said.

Fellow Chinese diver Wang Tianling finished fourth with 745.35, while American Troy Dumais was fifth with 706.08.

All 12 finalists qualify automatically for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.