Wantagh Diver Earns Silver Medal at First Olympics Appearance

Jul 28, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Andrew Capobianco and Michael Hixon (USA) pose with their silver medals after the men’s 3m springboard synchronized diving competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Grace Hollars-USA TODAY Sports

A diver from Wantagh earned a silver medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard event on Wednesday.

Andrew Capobianco, 21, and his diving partner Michael Hixon, 27, placed second for Team USA behind China’s gold medalists Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi. This was Capobianco’s Olympic debut and first Olympic medal. He said cheers from his teammates and coaches got him pumped up throughout the competition.

“When we were walking out for the walk-out, I heard them in the stands,” the Long Island Olympian said in an interview. “They did a quick ‘USA’ cheer and that kind of got me going, and I felt kind of ready. It was amazing to have them up there — after every dive we heard them cheering.”

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Diving – Men’s 3m Springboard Synchro – Final – Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Tokyo, Japan, July 28, 2021. Andrew Capobianco of the United States and Michael Hixon of the United States in action REUTERS/Marko Djurica

The Tokyo silver marked the third successive Olympic medal in the event for the United States. Capobianco’s podium-grabbing performance took place early this morning, around 2 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Lars Rudiger took bronze, while 2016 men’s synchronized springboard champions Britain were seventh. China won 3 golds and 1 silver in the men’s and women’s synchronized events in Tokyo, while the United States claimed 2 silver medals, with 2 bronzes for Germany.

Capobianco previously earned a bronze medal in the men’s 1-meter springboard diving final of the XVIII Pan American Games in 2019. He also won a Nassau County diving title with Wantagh High School when he was just in seventh grade.

The local diving champ will next compete in the Tokyo Games’ men’s 3-meter, individual springboard dive on Aug. 3. See more results and schedules at olympics.com.

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-With Reuters (Reporting by Yuki Nitta; Editing by Peter Rutherford & Shri Navaratnam)

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