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Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais of the U.S. earned the bronze in 3-meter synchronized diving Wednesday, finishing behind duos from China and Russia.

It was the first medal of Dumais’ long career in his fourth Olympics, equaling Greg Louganis for most appearances by a male U.S. diver. The 33-year-old Californian finished fourth in the event at the 2000 Sydney Games partnering with his brother Justin. They missed out on a medal after botching their last dive.

“This medal is also for my brother. I thought about him,” said Dumais, who finished sixth in Athens. “Things happen the way they’re supposed to happen. I wouldn’t be the athlete that I am if I gave up.”

Fencing: American hopefuls fall short in bronze-medal matches

Mariel Zagunis not only was denied a third straight gold medal, but she’s going home without any medal at all.

Zagunis dropped her last two matches in the women’s sabre event Wednesday. First, she wasted a 12-5 edge over Kim Jiyeon of South Korea during a 15-13 semifinal loss. Not long afterward, and still reeling, Zagunis gave up nine of the final 11 points to fall 15-10 to Olga Kharlan of Ukraine in the bronze bout.

It was a double dose of coming close for the Americans as Seth Kelsey lost the bronze-medal match in men’s epee to South Korea’s Jung Jinsun, 12-11 in extra time.

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