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Tucson's Delaney Schnell earns 5th place in 10-meter diving finals

Schnell kept pace with powerhouse divers Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan in the semis, but that momentum couldn't be carried into the finals.

TOKYO, Japan — Editor's note: The above video aired during a previous broadcast.

Tucson’s medal-winning Olympian Delaney Schnell fell to fifth place in the women's 10-meter platform diving finals on Thursday.

Schnell placed third in the semifinals behind powerhouse divers Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan of China, but she still performed with poise. 

Unfortunately, she couldn't keep up that momentum in the finals that took place later in the day.

Quan, just 14 years old, proved to be the best woman on the diving board after notching a stellar 466.20 points with several perfect 10s.

Chen took silver with an impressive score of 425.40. Australia's Melissa Wu rounded out the podium with 371.40.

Schnell ended up with a total score of 340.40.

Even still, the athlete from southern Arizona won't walk away from the Tokyo Olympics empty-handed.

Schnell, who competed with UArizona's team, made history last Monday after earning a silver medal in women's synchronized diving with teammate Jessica Parratto.

That medal was the first Team USA has ever won in the event.

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At only 22 years old, Schnell has garnered career highlights such as:

  • Being a 2020 World Cup team member
  • Winning a bronze medal on the 10-meter platform at the 2019 World Championship Experience
  • Being a 2015 and 2019 Pan American Games team member
  • Earning two silver medals in the Junior Pan American competition.

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