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Published Jun. 25, 2012

Times wires

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - It was no contest for Nick McCrory and David Boudia.

The duo carried a 114.84-point lead into the 10-meter platform synchro final and won it easily, earning spots on the Olympic team at the U.S. diving trials.

In the women's 3-meter springboard synchro final, Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant had to fight to hold their lead before narrowly qualifying for London.

McCrory and Boudia totaled 1,387.66 points in the final Thursday night, completing a wire-to-wire victory after having led the semifinal and preliminary rounds. McCrory and Boudia did the two toughest dives of the final, with none of the other seven teams attempting anything close to their degree of difficulty.

"We got really high hopes for London," said McCrory, who will go head to head with Boudia in today's individual platform final.

They earned three perfect 10s in the six-dive final, including two on their third dive, an inward 3-1/2 somersault that got one perfect mark for execution and another for synchronization.

Toby Stanley and Steele Johnson, who finished second, knew they couldn't challenge the more experienced McCrory and Boudia, who dove together at last year's world championships in Shanghai.

"Our name is out there now," Stanley said. "They'll be looking for us in 2016."

In the women's final, Johnston secured her first trip to the Olympics and Bryant got her second after a thrilling contest.

"I'm in shock," she said. "I couldn't stop looking at the scoreboard to make sure that it's real."

Johnston and Bryant totaled 956.40 points in the final, with scores having carried over from the semifinal and preliminary rounds earlier in the week. Kassidy Cook and 2008 Olympian Christina Loukas finished second with 955.98 despite outscoring the winners in every round of the final. Only the winning team goes to the Games.

Syrian Olympic chief denied visa: Britain has refused to grant a visa to Syrian Olympic Committee chief Gen. Mowaffak Joumaa to attend the Games, the Associated Press reported Friday. Joumaa has been barred over his links to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

About 10 athletes are due to compete at the Olympics from Syria, where a 15-month-old uprising and government crackdown have killed thousands.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged that athletes won't be punished "for the sins of the regime."