Men's Diving: Americans Michael Hixon, Kristian Ipsen Advance to 3m Springboard Final | NBC New York
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Men's Diving: Americans Michael Hixon, Kristian Ipsen Advance to 3m Springboard Final

Michael Hixon and Kristian Ipsen will compete for Team USA in the finals

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    Kristian Ipsen of the United States competes in the Men's Diving 3m Springboard semi final at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    China's Yuan Cao remains the man to beat in the men's individual 3M springboard in Rio.

    Cao recorded a 489.10 in the semifinals Tuesday to lead the top 12 ahead of the finals at 5 p.m. ET. Mexico's Rommel Pacheco finished second with 469.7 points. Both had also led in preliminary competition heading into the semifinals.  

    Americans Michael Hixon and Kristian Ipsen also made it to the final. Hixon was in fourth place with 467.25 points.

    Ipsen, a native of Clayton, California, who attended Stanford University and won bronze in the synchronized 3m in London with Troy Dumais, finished seventh. 

    Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Ilya Zakharov advanced.