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Diving at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Platform

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 10, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: USA David Boudia
Silver: CHN Qiu Bo
Bronze: GBR Tom Daley

Summary

More expectation than usual greeted the platform event at the London 2012 for it pitted the two most recent world champions and the Olympic champion against each other with all three being superstars in their countries. The reigning world champion was 19 year old Qiu Bo of China who had posted some phenomenal scores over the last 18 months including a record breaking score of 609 at a meeting in Moscow. This was the first time a diver had scored over 600 points. The home favourite was Tom Daley, Bo’s predecessor as world champion, who was treated in the same way as a pop star in Britain whilst Matt Mitcham of Australia would return to defend his Olympic title.

There were some doubts about both Daley and Mitcham as both had faced personal difficulties before the Games. Daley had lost his father after a long battle with cancer in 2011 whilst Mitcham had struggled with the fame that his Olympic title had given him and confessed that at one point he had become addicted to crystal meth.

Through the qualifying rounds Bo appeared a class apart from his opposition and finished 30 points clear of anyone in both the preliminary and semi-finals. The final however would turn out to be a vastly different competition. For the first five dives Bo, Daley and American David Boudia were almost inseparable on the leader board and with the only the final set of dives to go the Briton held a miniscule lead of 0.15 points over Bo and Boudia who were tied for second place. In truth there was little to choose between the three men’s execution of their dives. Daley’s dive may have been the cleanest of the three but it was of a lower difficulty than the other two dives so Boudia, whose dive was adjudged slightly superior to that of Bo, became Olympic champion by the slender margin of 1.8 points. Although Boudia was the silver medallist at the 2011 World Championship his victory was still considered a major surprise as few thought Bo could be beaten. Despite only qualifying in the 16th and last available position from the preliminary round, he was the first American to win an Olympic diving title since Mark Lenzi in 1992.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 David Boudia 23 United States USA Gold
2 Qiu Bo 19 China CHN Silver
3 Tom Daley 18 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Viktor Minibayev 21 Russia RUS
5 José Antonio Guerra 32 Cuba CUB
6 Lin Yue 21 China CHN
7 Iván García 18 Mexico MEX
8 Martin Wolfram 20 Germany GER
9 Nick McCrory 20 United States USA
10 Sascha Klein 26 Germany GER
11 Riley McCormick 20 Canada CAN
12 Oleksandr Bondar 18 Ukraine UKR
13 Matt Mitcham 24 Australia AUS
14 Germán Sánchez 20 Mexico MEX
15 Anton Zakharov 26 Ukraine UKR
16 Gleb Galperin 29 Russia RUS
17 Víctor Ortega 24 Colombia COL
18 Jeinkler Aguirre 22 Cuba CUB
19 Bryan Lomas 22 Malaysia MAS
20 Jimmy Connor 17 Australia AUS
21 Vadim Kaptur 25 Belarus BLR
22 Sebastián Villa 20 Colombia COL
23 Peter Waterfield 31 Great Britain GBR
24 Amund Gismervik 21 Norway NOR
25 Christofer Eskilsson 23 Sweden SWE
26 Park Ji-Ho 20 South Korea KOR
27 Francesco Dell'Uomo 25 Italy ITA
28 Andrea Chiarabini 17 Italy ITA
29 Eric Sehn 27 Canada CAN
30 Hugo Parisi 27 Brazil BRA
31 Timofey Gordeychik 26 Belarus BLR
32 Ri Hyun-Ju 16 North Korea PRK