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LI's Andrew Capobianco reaches a second Olympic diving finals

Andrew Capobianco of the US performs in the

Andrew Capobianco of the US performs in the Men's 3m Springboard Diving Preliminary at the Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 2, 2021. Credit: EPA-EFE/Shutterstock/Patrick B Kraemer

An Olympic newcomer, Andrew Capobianco will now vie for his second medal in less than a week.

The Long Island native finished 10th in the semifinals of the men's individual 3-meter springboard diving event Monday night at the Tokyo Olympics.

The top 12 divers in the 18-competitor field advanced to Tuesday's finals, which will take place at 2 a.m. EDT.

Similar to the preliminaries, China had the top two semifinal finishers as Xie Siyi placed first with a high score of 543.45 over six dives, while teammate Wang Zongyuan finished second with a score of 540.50. The pair already teamed up to win the 3-meter synchro title in Tokyo.

Capobianco scored a total of 419.60 with his six dives. His scores for each dive were 81.60, 77.00, 59.50, 63.00, 66.30 and 72.20. He entered the final round in ninth place with a score of 347.40.

Capobianco, a first-time Olympian, is trying for his second medal at these Olympic Games. He captured a silver medal with Michael Hixon in the men's 3-meter synchronized springboard diving competition last week.

The 21-year-old Capobianco grew up in Wantagh before moving to North Carolina for high school. The Mineola-born Capobianco became the first seventh-grader to win the Nassau diving championship when he was competing for Wantagh High School in 2012. His score broke the county record. He repeated as county champion and broke the record he set a year earlier as an eighth-grader. He moved to North Carolina and graduated from Holly Springs High School in 2017. He’s a seven-time All-American at Indiana University.

Wang and Xie, making their Olympic debuts, won gold in the 3-meter synchronized springboard event with a total score of 467.82.

The Chinese have won four of the first five Olympic diving events. They took silver in the men's 10-meter platform synchronized event.

Japan's Ken Terauchi placed seventh and advanced to the final with a score of 424.50. He's competing in his sixth Olympics at age 40 and is trying to win the host country's first diving medal.

Great Britain’s Jack Laugher placed third with a total score of 514.75. His teammate, James Heatly, finished fourth with 454.85 points.

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