Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 16, 2004
Date Finished: August 16, 2004
Format: 3 metre springboards. Five dives. Final round only.
This was one of the biggest upsets in Olympic diving history. Greece only had a duo in the event because they were the host nation. [Nikolaos Siranidis] had competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics but had never placed in the top 25 of an individual event. The same was true of [Thomas Bimis] who had been 32nd in the 2000 individual springboard. The Chinese duo of [Peng Bo] and [Wang Kenan] led after three dives and after four dives, had a lead of 12.5+ points and seemed to have the gold in hand. But Wang lost control on the final dive and they scored 0 points, dropping them to last. Next up were the 2000 silver medalists, [Dmitry Sautin] and [Aleksandr Dobroskok], also the 2003 World Champions, but Sautin hit his head on the board, and they fell to seventh place. Siranidis and Bimis then performed an inward 3½ tuck on the final dive and won the gold by 3.33 points.