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Diving

THE 8 EVENTS

  • Men (4): 3m springboard, 10m platform, synchronised 3m springboard, synchronised 10m platform
  • Women (4): 3m springboard, 10m platform, synchronised 3m springboard, synchronised 10m platform

THE FORMAT

Individual springboard and platform events

Qualifying round to determine 18 semi-finalists, and then 12 competitors advance to the final. In each round there are 6 dives for men and 5 for women. Marks are never carried over to the next round.

Synchronised events

8 pairs of divers, with no qualifying round. 6 dives for men and 5 for women.

MILESTONES

17th century

During the summer, gymnasts in Germany and Sweden travel to the beach to practise their acrobatic feats over the water.

1904

Diving makes its Olympic debut in St. Louis, although only the men's platform event features.

1908

Introduction of the men's 3m springboard event at the London Games.

1912

Women make their Olympic debut in the platform event in Stockholm.

1920

The women's springboard completes the Olympic diving programme in Antwerp. It will remain unchanged for the next 80 years.

2000

Introduction of synchronised springboard and platform events, for both men and women, in Sydney.

STARS

Patricia McCormick (United States)

4-time Olympic champion. Double gold medallist in springboard and platform events at the 1952 Games in Helsinki. Pulled off the same feat four years later in Melbourne. The only woman, along with Chinese diver Fu Mingxia, to have won four Olympic gold medals in the sport.

Klaus Dibiasi (Italy)

One of the sport's high-flyers. Olympic platform champion in 1968, 1972 and 1976, making him the only diver, male or female, to have won 3 consecutive titles in the same discipline. Also won two Olympic silver medals (platform in 1964 and springboard in 1968). Two-time platform world champion (1973 and 1975).

Greg Louganis (United States)

The successor. Like McCormick, he won the springboard and platform titles at consecutive Games in 1984 and 1988. With his silver medal in the platform in 1976, he equalled the great Dibiasi, who also won five Olympic medals. Five-time world champion (3 in platform, 2 in springboard).

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