CHINA-BORN Huang Qiang again kept pace with the front-runners when he finished fourth in the men's 3-metre springboard final at the Fort Lauderdale leg of the FINA Grand Prix in the United States on Sunday.
The 30-year-old, who also finished fourth in the same event at the Montreal, Canada leg of the circuit earlier this month, registered scores of 79.05, 72.00, 85.75, 54.45, 79.90 and 73.10 for a 444.25 total.
The event saw home-crowd favourite Christopher Colwill of the US take the title on 475.30, while China's Li Shixin came a close second with a 474.95 total.
Third was Alejandro Daniel Islas Arroyo of Mexico who had a 445.50 total score.
Meanwhile, the relatively inexperienced pairing of Pandelela Rinong-Cheong Jun Hoong failed to shine in the women's 3m springboard synchro, finishing last.
The duo, who in February did well to clinch Olympic qualification in the event at the World Cup in London, could only manage scores of 51.00, 42.00, 54.00, 71.10 and 65.70 for a 283.80 total score.
The event was won by the China pair of Wang Han-Zheng Qulin, who registered a 309.90 total while Kelci Bryant-Abby Johnston of the US placed second on 302.10.
Third was Australia's Anabelle Smith-Sharleen Stratton with a total score of 301.20.
The tournament, which ended on Sunday, saw Pandelela and Bryan Nickson Lomas not competing in the men's and women's individual platform events with national coach Yang Zhuliang placing priority on the synchro competitions.
The divers, who go to Kuala Lumpur to continue preparations for the Olympics, finished the Fort Lauderdale leg with one gold, won by Huang Qiang-Bryan in the 3m springboard synchro.