By Yoo Jee-ho
GWANGJU, July 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean diver Woo Ha-ram placed fourth in the men's 3m springboard at the world championships on Thursday, matching his best performance at the biennial competition.
Woo scored 478.80 points after six attempts at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul, falling one spot shy of a medal once again after finishing fourth in the 1m springboard earlier.
By qualifying for the 3m springboard final here, Woo clinched a spot at next year's Tokyo Olympics.
A medal in Gwangju would have been icing on the cake. And Woo hung around in the top five through his first four dives, which included an excellent 91.20 in the third round.
Woo scored only 47.25 points in the fourth dive to take himself out of the race, and the competition was too much for the South Korean.
Xie Siyi of China defended his gold medal with some shocking drama in the final round. Jack Laugher of Britain was sitting pretty at the top after five days, holding a 31.10-point lead over Xie. But Laugher had a disastrous final dive, entering the water on his back and scoring just 30.60 points to finish at 504.55 points.
Xie, the last to go, put up 102.60 points in his final round to snatch the gold medal with 545.45 points. Fellow Chinese Cao Yuan got the bronze with 517.85 points.
Woo finished 25.75 points out of the podium.