Noblesville's David Boudia won the men's 10-meter platform at the London Olympics, giving the U.S. its first gold medal in diving since 2000.
Boudia clinched the gold with his last dive, winning by 1.8 points over Qiu Bo of China.
The American scored 568.65 points in the six-dive final on Saturday. Qiu took the silver at 566.85.
Tom Daley of Britain settled for the bronze at 556.95 after leading going into the final dive in front of a raucous home crowd that included soccer star David Beckham and two of his sons.
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It came down to just six dives and from the start, David Boudia took the lead. In all but one round, he was in first place with Britain's favorite Tom Daley and one of China's medal favorites Qui Bo in the hunt.
But they couldn't catch Boudia.
"I'm so astonished, in disbelief. I can't believe...this is gold!" Boudia said after his big win. I've been dreaming about this moment forever, since I started in 1996...and to God be the glory," he said.
Boudia says he kept his headphones on during the competition and had no idea he was in the lead, or the competition was so close.
"It was a crazy competition and David has done so well. I just can tell him you are olympic champion because I am happy I cannot even imagine what he feels like," said Tom Daley.
"The score was unbelievable - a three-way tie! Oh, just crazy!" said Jim Boudia, David's father.
"Gold is good!" said Sheilagh Boudia, David's mother. "He's an Olympic champion. Wow! It's so unbelievable."
"I was crying. I really was. It was crazy," said David. "That was incredible. You close your eyes so many times and you picture this and dream about this...to actually see the US flag go up here; the national anthem. It just brought tears to my eyes and just flashbacks of all the hard work that I've put in, all the hard work that my coach put in; thousands of others. It's surreal."
Now Boudia will bring that gold medal back to Indiana.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.