Diving: FINA Announces Participating Athletes

FINA has released the list of athletes which will compete in diving. The list also reveals the additional divers added to reach the maximum quota. Each gender had a maximum quota of 68 athletes for the individual and synchronized diving events. For every athlete which competed in the synchronized event, but not the individual event caused the individual event to have one fewer athlete competing relative to the maximum. In summary in the men’s 3m springboard 29 athletes will compete in the individual event and in the women’s 3m springboard and men’s and women’s 10m platform 28 athletes will compete in the individual event.

The next best ranked divers from the 2016 Diving World Cup were added to reach the aliquoted individual quota. This means for the men’s 3m springboard Germany and Austria gained an additional quota and for the men’s 10m platform Italy, Canada and Belarus gained quotas.

For the women’s events there were also declinations of quotas. For the women’s 3m springboard the Netherlands and South Africa declined a quota while Japan declined a quota it would have received through the reallocation process. Similarly in the women’s 10m platform Japan declined a quota while the Netherlands declined a quota it would have received through the reallocation process. Overall for the women’s 3m springboard Germany, United States, Colombia, Russia, Egypt, New Zealand and South Africa gained quotas to compete and in the women’s 10m platform Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Brazil and Russia gained quotas.

There is still one female quota left unallocated, this was likely due to South Africa’s late rejection of one of their women’s 3m springboard quotas. It is likely the quota will eventually be filled by the next highest ranked athlete from the 2016 Diving World Cup, specifically Croatia.

Update: Croatia has received the quota in women’s 3m springboard.

 

New Quotas by Nations

  • Germany – 3
  • Russia – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Brazil – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • Colombia – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Egypt – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Ukraine – 1
  • United States – 1
  • Japan – -1
  • Netherlands – -1

 

Overall Athletes by Nation

  • China – 13
  • Great Britain – 11
  • United States – 10
  • Australia – 9
  • Brazil – 9
  • Mexico – 9
  • Germany – 8
  • Italy – 8
  • Russia – 8
  • Canada – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • Malaysia – 6
  • Colombia – 4
  • Egypt – 4
  • France – 3
  • Japan – 3
  • North Korea – 3
  • Belarus – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Austria – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Ireland – 1
  • Jamaica – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • South Africa – 1
  • South Korea – 1

 

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Diving: China Tops Podium At World Cup

China led all nations by winning six out of the eight events at the 2016 Diving World Cup. The top four not yet qualified nations in the synchronized diving events along with any non-qualified athletes which have made the top 18 in the individual events qualified their nation to the Olympics, provided they have not exceeded the nation limit of two. The Diving World Cup was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from February 19th to February 24th 2016.

China led all nations during the preliminary round in the women’s synchronized 10m platform. Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia produced the best dives in each of the five rounds. The same was seen during the final as the pair won with a 25.14 lead at 344.04 points. China had already earned a spot at the Olympics meaning the four spots went to Malaysia, Great Britain, United States and Mexico. As a reminder Mexico is still suspended by FINA and should the suspension not get lifted it is believe that athletes which have qualified in diving, swimming and synchronized swimming will compete under the Olympic banner.

In the preliminary round of the men’s synchronized 3m springboard it was China’s Cao Yuan and Qin Kai which led the pack. The final took an interesting turn after the third dive where a major mistake by Cao and Qin pushed them down to fifth. For the rest of the final China was playing catch-up while Mexico, Great Britain and Germany attempted to outdo each other. In the end China was unable to catch-up as they finished in second while both Mexico and Great Britain had a poor final dive leaving Germany’s Stephan Feck and Patrick Hausding as the gold medalists. The four nations which grabbed their spots to the Olympics were Germany, Mexico, Italy and the United States.

China’s Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia did just enough to finish on top of the women’s synchronized 3m springboard ahead of Italy during the preliminaries. The Chinese pair would have a more impressive performance in the final as they finished 27.33 points ahead of Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware to win the gold medal. Since both nations already qualified to the Olympics the four quotas went to Italy, Malaysia, Great Britain and Germany.

The preliminary round of the men’s synchronized 10m platform began as a close match between China’s Chen Aisen and Lin Yue and Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein, but a poor fourth dive by Chen and Lin gave Germany the easy victory. Chen and Lin would recover from this loss in the final and held the lead from start to finish, winning the gold medal over Germany. The four quotas went to Germany, Great Britain, the United States and Ukraine.

Going into the individual events, the preliminary round of the women’s 10m platform was won by Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia whom did just enough to finish ahead of her Chinese rivals. The semi-final was won by Si Yajie of China whose final dive was just good enough to finish ahead of her compatriot Ren Qian. Ren Qian wouldn’t make the same mistake in the final as she put together one of the best strings of dives ever seen scoring 454.65 where 477 would have been completely perfect. Si Yajie won the silver medal while Melissa Wu of Australia won the bronze.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the women’s 10m platform gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan (2), Mexico, Russia and the United States.

In the men’s 3m springboard a couple of mistakes by China’s He Chao gave the opportunity for France’s Matthieu Rosset to take the top spot during the preliminary round. He Chao would recover and win the semi-final round, but more mistakes in the final ultimately had him finish in sixth place. The winner of the event was suspended Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco whom finished over 45 points ahead of surprise silver medalist Yona Knight-Wisdom of Jamaica.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the men’s 3m springboard gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy (2), Jamaica, Japan, Mexico and the United States (2).

Italy’s Tania Cagnotto had a strong final two dives in order to finish first in the preliminary round of the women’s 3m springboard event. Cagnotto would be pushed to fourth place in the semi-finals as Shi Tingmao of China led for the entire round. In the final Shi would continue her performance to win the gold medal ahead of her compatriot He Zi.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the women’s 3m springboard gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico (2), Netherlands, Russia and the United States.

In the men’s 10m platform it was three time world champion Qiu Bo whom led all athletes in the preliminaries. He would continue this performance in both the semi-finals and finals to win the gold medal with 557.75 points. The silver medal went to his compatriot Chen Aisen and United States’ David Dinsmore.

Athletes not already qualified who reached the top 18 in the men’s 10m platform gave the following nations quotas to the Olympics; Brazil, Canada, Colombia (2), Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United States and Venezuela (2).

While this is the final qualification event for diving more athletes will be added as additional divers. Depending on the amount of overlap between divers in the synchronization and individual events more divers will be added to ensure that 68 male and 68 female divers are present, with a preference of 34 for each height. We won’t officially know who made it until other nations begin to announce their diving team, but historically the first few divers which missed the semi-finals are very likely to be qualified. An updated list will be provided once this is known.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • United States – 8
  • Great Britain – 6
  • Mexico – 6
  • Germany – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Brazil – 3
  • Canada – 3
  • Colombia – 3
  • Japan – 3
  • Malaysia – 3
  • Russia – 2
  • Venezuela – 2
  • Ireland – 1
  • Jamaica – 1
  • Netherlands – 1
  • Puerto Rico – 1
  • South Korea – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

 

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Diving: Australia Sweep at Oceania Diving Championship

Australia was able to sweep the diving events at the 2015 Oceania Diving Championship. One quota was up for grabs at each of the individual events to the winner provided the athlete has not already qualified its nation in that specific event or the nation already has two athletes. In something a bit different relative to other sports the quota would not be reallocated to the next best athlete should the first place athlete not be eligible. The Oceania Diving Championship was held in Melbourne, Australia from December 12th to December 13th 2015.

In the men’s 3m springboard it was Australia’s James Connor who finished ahead in the preliminary round with a score of 438.80 as he just edged out his compatriot Grant Nel whom finished with a score of 438.00. Third place Matthew Mitcham of Australia moved up into first place in the semifinals as he finished with a score of 435.70. In the final James Connor did not participate as he already qualified to the Olympics and Australia was more focus on winning the quota. It was Nel whom won the gold medal and a quota for his nation as he finished with a score of 490.00. Mitcham won the silver with a score of 482.30 while New Zealand’s Liam Stone won the bronze after he finished with a score of 442.85.

The preliminary round of the women’s 10m platform was dominated by Australia’s Brittany Broben as she finished with 351.45 points, over 60 points ahead of her compatriot Emily Meaney. However, a poor performance in the semifinals by Broben gave Meaney the top position going into the final. Broben was able to regain her fine form to win the gold and Olympic quota for her nation with a score of 364.70. Australia swept the medal standings as Teju Williamson and Annarose Keating won the silver and bronze medals with a score of 313.85 and 312.75 respectively.

The women’s 3m springboard was led by Anabelle Smith over the three rounds. She was able to win the gold medal with a score of 330.95. However, since Australia already won two quotas at the World Aquatics Championship no one was given a quota in this event. Australia was also able to sweep the medal standings as Georgia Sheehan and Jayah Mathews won the silver and bronze medals with a score of 326.10 and 297.50 respectively.

Australia’s James Connor was in a class of his own in the men’s 10m platform. He dominated the three rounds and won gold and an Olympic quota for his nation with a score of 490.15. Compatriots Kurtis Mathews and Nick Jeffree won the silver and bronze medals with a score of 395.20 and 389.10.

Australia now has a full set of quotas in the individual events. Australia will be looking to fill out its synchronized diving roster and the rest of the continent will attempt to qualify individual divers at the Diving World Cup to be held in 2016.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Australia – 3

 

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Diving: African Championship Cancelled as Spots Reallocated to World Championships

Egypt and South Africa qualified spots to compete at the Olympics in diving. With the confirmation that no African diving championships will be held FINA has reassign the quotas to the best African nations at the 2015 World Aquatic Championships. The top ranked African nation in each of the individual events was given a quota to compete. The diving portion of the World Aquatics Championship was held in Kazan, Russia from July 24th to August 2nd 2015.

The men’s events were a formality as Egypt was the only African nation to send athletes. In the men’s 3m springboard it was Mohab El-Kordy whom defeated his compatriot Emadeldin Abdellatif by finishing with a score of 320.25. In the men’s 10m platform Youssef Ezzat finished ahead of El-Kordy to secure a spot for Egypt by finishing with a score of 282.50.

The women’s events had a bit more competition as South Africa also sent divers to compete. They were rewarded with a quota spot in women’s 3m springboard as Micaela Bouter finished ahead of her compatriot Julia Vincent and the two Egyptians with a score of 258.30. Egypt was able to get a third quota in women’s 10m platform where Maha Abdelsalem finished ahead of South Africa’s Jaimee Gundry with a score of 280.75.

While the level in diving in Africa is a bit low I think it is important that they maintain their continental quota even if they did not hold a championship. African nations will get a second opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the Diving World Cup which is scheduled to be held in 2016.

Quotas by Nation

  • Egypt – 3
  • South Africa – 1

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Diving: China Dominates Field at World Aquatics Championships

China dominated the diving events at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships winning 10 out of the available 13 events including 7 gold from the eight Olympic events and qualifying a full roster. The top 12 divers from the four individual events along with the top 3 teams from the four synchronized events qualify to the Olympics. Diving is one of six disciplines being held at the World Aquatics Championships which is currently being held in Kazan, Russia from July 24th to August 9th 2015. The diving events were held from July 24th to August 2nd 2015.

China placed a top, but conservative performance in the preliminary round of the women’s 3m synchronized springboard with a score of 312.90, over 10 points ahead of Canada. In the final China really displayed their ability by winning the gold medal with a score of 351.30. Canada finished with silver with a score of 319.47 while Australia won the bronze with a score of 304.20.

In the preliminary round at the men’s 10m synchronized platform the United States had an impressive round placing them into contention for a medal and an Olympic spot. However a relative poor final round relegated them to a fifth place finish. Instead it was Mexico and Russia who will join a near perfect China to the Olympics whom finished with an amazing score of 495.72.

China, Canada and Malaysia were the top three nations in the preliminary round in the women’s 10m synchronized platform. In the final both China and Canada were able to finish top two with a score of 359.52 and 339.99 respectively, but a very poor fourth dive from Malaysia meant they were unable to recover and finished seventh. The nation that locked up the bronze medal and final Olympic quota was North Korea whom finished with a score of 325.26.

A potential upset was looking possible in the men’s 3m synchronized springboard as hometown Russia finished ahead of China after the preliminary round with Mexico finishing third. The upset was not meant to be as China was able to refocus and won the gold with relative ease and by a score of 471.45. Russia was relegated to silver with a score of459.18. Mexico was unable to keep up with its preliminary performance as the pressure hit them as they scored poorly in their final two dives to ultimately finish eighth. Instead it was Great Britain whom won the bronze with a score of 445.20.

The most interesting event was the women’s 10m platform. China’s Ren Qian led the field without much difficulty during the preliminary and semi-final rounds. The final showed that even China can have a bad day. Both Ren and her compatriot Si Yajie were still among the top divers, but among China’s standards they were off the mark. This opportunity opened up another nation to take the gold and it was 16 year old Kim Kuk-hyang that took it to win gold with a score of 397.05. Ren Qian won silver with a score of 388.00 while Pandelela Rinong of Malaysia took bronze with a score of 385.05.

The quota distribution for the women’s 3m springboard was as follows; Australia, Canada, China (2), France, Great Britain, Italy, Malaysia, North Korea (2), Ukraine and United States.

In the men’s 3m springboard both Cao Yuan and He Chao of China were the top 2 highest ranked athletes in the preliminaries and semifinals. The finals were a bit more interesting. Firstly a mistake by Cao Yuan in the fourth and sixth dives placed him out of the medals as he finished fourth. Meanwhile He Chao was never able to extend his lead over the rest of the field and needed a good enough score in the final dive to prevent Ilia Zakharov of Russia from catching up. In the end He Chao won the gold with a score of 555.05, Zakharov won the silver with a score of 547.60 and Jack Laugher of Great Britain won the bronze with a score of 528.90.

The quota distribution for the men’s 3m springboard was as follows; Australia, China (2), France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Russia (2), South Korea and Ukraine.

The women’s 3m springboard was quite the battle between China’s He Zi and her compatriot Shi Tingmao as they traded top finishes in the preliminary and semi-final round respectively as they finished about 20 points ahead of Canada’s Jennifer Abel. In the final it was Shi Tingmao that took the lead over her compatriot and while she left herself open for a comeback after her final dive He Zi was unable to take it as the two finished with scores of 383.55 and 377.45 respectively. Canada’s Jennifer Abel was set to win the bronze medal, but a terrible final dive cost her medal as she finished sixth. The bronze medal instead went to Tania Cagnotto of Italy as she finished with a score of 356.15.

The quota distribution for the women’s 3m springboard was as follows; Australia (2), Canada (2), China (2), Great Britain, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands and Ukraine (2).

In the men’s 10m platform it was China’s Qiu Bo and his compatriot Yang Jian that led all divers going into the final round. Qiu Bo was able to take control of the final after the third dive to win the gold medal with a score of 587.00. United States’ David Boudia won the silver medal with a score of 560.20 while Thomas Daley of Great Britain took the bronze with a score of 537.95.

The quota distribution for the men’s 10m platform was as follows; Australia, Belarus, China (2), France, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico (2), Russia (2) and United States.

The second major qualifier will be the Diving World Cup to be held in 2016. Both Asia and Oceania have continental qualifiers though they only offer a single spot to each individual event. Technically Africa can also have a continental qualifier, but none have been announced and it is unlikely that one will be announced.

Quotas by Nation

  • China – 12
  • Australia – 6
  • Russia – 6
  • Canada – 5
  • Great Britain – 5
  • Mexico – 4
  • Ukraine – 4
  • France – 3
  • North Korea – 3
  • Germany – 2
  • Italy – 2
  • Malaysia – 2
  • United States – 2
  • Belarus – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • South Korea – 1
  • Netherlands – 1

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Diving: Mexico Beats Canada at Pan American Games

Mexico once again has shown they are the best diving nation of their continent by winning 6 out of the 8 medal events at the Pan American Games. The diving events at the 2015 Pan American Games were used as continental qualifiers where the winner from each individual event qualifies their nation to the Olympics. The Pan America Games are currently being held in Toronto, Canada from July 7th to July 26th 2015. The diving events were held from July 10th to July 13th 2015.

The men’s 3m springboard was dominated by Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco where he won the preliminary round by almost 60 points with a total score of 466.35. He continued his performance in the finals, grabbing one of the Olympic quotas with an even better score of 483.35. Compatriot Jahir Ocampo finished second with a score of 442.15 while Philippe Gagne of Canada won the bronze with a score of 421.20.

The preliminary stage of the women’s 10m platform was won by Canada’s Roseline Filion whom defeated Mexico’s Paola Espinosa by 6.55 points with a score of 353.80. Espinosa however, was able to exact some revenge in the final by defeating Filion by 5.60 points to win the gold with a score of 383.20. Filion’s score was 377.60 while the bronze medal went to Filion’s compatriot Meaghan Benfeito whom finished with a score of 357.45.

The preliminary stage of the women’s 3m springboard was easily won by Canada’s Jennifer Abel where she defeated her next closest competitor, surprise performer Maren Taylor of the United States by 37.05 points with a score of 353.45. In the final Taylor faltered with her dives, ultimately finishing in fifth place overall. This led Abel to win gold with an even bigger lead with a score of 384.70. Compatriot Pamela Ware won the silver with a score of 326.00 while Mexico’s Dolores Hernandez won bronze with a score of 323.10.

It was Sebastian Villa of Colombia that gave a superb performance in the men’s 10m platform where he won the preliminary event with a score of 442.85. Sadly he could not translate his performance into the final where a couple of poor dives relegated him to a sixth place finish. Instead it was Mexico’s Ivan Garcia whom won gold with a very high score of 521.70. Colombia wasn’t left out of the medal as Victor Ortega finished second with a score of 455.15 while Mexico’s Jonathan Ruvalcaba won bronze with a score of 437.35.

Mexico and Canada have had a great rivalry for diving supremacy and while Canada was the host it was Mexico who had the overall better performance. Canada and other countries will have a better chance to qualify at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships which will be held in a couple of weeks therefore we won’t have to wait too long to see more countries qualify.

Quotas by Nation

  • Mexico – 3
  • Canada – 1

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Diving: Four Nations Qualify Spots After the European Diving Championship

France, Germany, Italy and Ukraine all won quotas in diving at the 2015 European Diving Championships. The event was held in Rostock, Germany from June 9th to June 14th 2015. The winner of each individual event was given a quota place.

The women’s 10m platform had quite the drama. Laura Marino of France, winner of the preliminary round led throughout the competition until the final dive. At the time she had almost a 9 point lead over the next highest diver. However just before her final dive Iuliia Prokopchuk of Ukraine, who was sitting in fourth after four dives performed a very impressive dive and along with a 3.2 difficulty setting placed her in first with just Marino remaining. All Marino needed to do was perform an average dive to win the competition, but she was unable to do it and it cost her the title as she finished 3.90 points behind Prokopchuk. Noemi Batki of Italy finished in third.

The men’s 3m springboard event was less interesting as France’s Mattieu Rosset held the lead over everyone from the second dive onwards. Russia’s Evgenii Kuznetsov made it a bit interesting after the fifth dive when he scored a wondrous 91.00 points which placed him 13 points behind Rosset with a 3.8 difficulty dive remaining. Had he scored a similar result it would have been enough to win, but he did not and thus finished in second. Russia’s Ilia Zakharov finished in third.

The men’s 10m platform was dominated by Germany’s Martin Wolfram. He was able to hold the lead over the entire competition with only Victor Minibaev of Russia keeping any sort of pace. However a bad dive in the fifth round paired with Wolfram’s great dive ended any bid for an upset. In the end Wolfram won with a 33.60 point lead over Minibaev. To show the domination of Wolfram third place Vadim Kaptur of Belarus finished 83.75 points behind him.

The women’s 3m springboard came down to three women. Going into the final dive 3.25 points separated Russia’s Kristina Ilinykh, Italy’s Tania Cagnotto and Germany’s Tina Punzel. Punzel was the first to dive scoring 63.00 points. Ilinykh also scored 63.00 points with her final dive keeping the 3.25 point gap between the two. All that stood in Ilinykh’s way was Cagnotto whom needed a score of 65.00 to win. Instead Cagnotto saved her best dive for last and scored 81.00 points to win the event and take the final quota place.

While this event has taken place before the World Aquatics Championships the championship technically takes priority over this event. However the quotas will not be reallocated to the next best athlete in this event. Instead any extra quotas will be reallocated to the next best divers at the 2016 Diving World Cup.

Quotas by Nation

  • France – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

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