Wilkinson retires without Olympic medal

BEIJING, China Chen totaled 447.70 points Thursday night after hitting a backward 2 1/2 somersault with 1 1/2 twists with the title on the line.

Emilie Heymans of Canada, who led by 7.15 points going into Chen's last dive, earned the silver with 437.05. Chen's teammate, Wang Xin, took the bronze at 429.50.

American Laura Wilkinson, the 2000 Olympic champion, finished ninth in her final competition before retiring.


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