LONDON 2012: Olympic Games – Diving

Diving requires acrobatic excellence and supreme coordination skills, as athletes dive from heights of up to 10m into the waters below.

Great Britain’s best hope of a medal rests with teenage sensation Tom Daley and his dive partner Pete Waterfield in the synchronised 10m platform.

But China remain the nation to beat, having won all eight Olympic disciplines at the last World Championships.

Three medals are a realistic target for Team GB, with Tom Daley having won gold or silver in the 10m platform at each of his last five international events.

Daley and Pete Waterfield are contenders in the men’s synchronised 10m platform, as are European champions Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow in the women’s equivalent.

The Chinese have won 24 of the last 32 diving gold medals spanning five Olympics.

They also clinched every world title last year; the imperious Qiu Bo and Chen Ruolin became men’s and women’s individual and synchronised 10m platform champions, and Wu Minxia did the women’s springboard double.

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Diving made its Olympic debut in 1904, where medals were awarded for men in the 10m Platform and the Plunge for Distance, a diving long jump event, which never again appeared on the Olympic programme.

Women’s Diving was introduced in 1912 and Synchronised Diving made its first Olympic appearance at Sydney in 2000.

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The eight gold medals now on offer are evenly split between men and women, with the events consisting of individual and synchronised competitions in both the 3m springboard and 10m platform.

Divers submit in advance the dives which they will perform.

The more difficult a dive, the higher the potential score if it is executed correctly: judges award a score out of 10 for each dive, which is multiplied by the dive’s degree of difficulty.

In the Synchronised Diving events, pairs of athletes dive in tandem and are assessed for their execution and synchronisation by separate groups of judges – a judge never assesses both execution and synchronisation.

The higher the judges’ score, the higher the diver/team is placed. 

Divers may score zero on a dive for double-bouncing on the end of the board, performing a dive other than the one they stated or taking too long to dive.  Divers also have marks taken off for restarting a dive or armstand.

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You can follow all of the British performances in the Olympic Diving competitions on BBC One and BBC Three.

Every Diving session from the Aquatics Centre will be screened live in full on one of the 24 dedicated BBC Olympics channels (details below).

BBC TV
Commentators: Bob Ballard, Leon Taylor
 
Full list of BBC Olympics TV presenters/commentators – CLICK HERE

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15:00 – Women’s Synchronised 3m Springboard | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 2.55pm-4.00pm
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15:00 – Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 10 – 2.55pm-4.25pm
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15:00 – Women’s Synchronised 10m Platform | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 2.55pm-4.20pm
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15:00 – Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 2.55pm-4.15pm
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14:30 – Women’s 3m Springboard | Preliminary Round
LIVE BBC Olympics 19 – 2.55pm-5.10pm
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14:30 – Women’s 3m Springboard | Semi Final
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 2.25pm-4.00pm
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19:00 – Women’s 3m Springboard | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 6.55pm-8.25pm
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19:00 – Men’s 3m Springboard | Preliminary Round
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 6.55pm-10.10pm
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10:00 – Men’s 3m Springboard | Semi Finals
LIVE BBC Olympics 6 – 9.55am-11.45am
 
19:00 – Men’s 3m Springboard | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 6.55pm-8.40pm
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19:00 – Women’s 10m Platform | Preliminary Round
LIVE BBC Olympics 4 – 6.55pm-10.10pm
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10:00 – Women’s 10m Platform | Semi Final
LIVE BBC Olympics 5 – 9.55am-11.45am
 
19:00 – Women’s 10m Platform | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 9 – 6.55pm-8.35pm
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19:00 – Men’s 10m Platform | Preliminary Round
LIVE BBC Olympics 3 – 6.55pm-10.45pm
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10:00 – Men’s 10m Platform | Semi Final
LIVE BBC Olympics 1 – 9.55am-12.05pm
 
20:30 – Men’s 10m Platform | FINAL
LIVE BBC Olympics 2 – 8.25pm-10.20pm
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