Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: July 29, 2012
Format: 3 metre springboard. Five dives. Final round only.
Few people seriously thought the Chinese pairing of He Zi and Wu Minxia could be toppled at the London Games. After all China had won every Olympic or World title since the Sydney Olympics of 2000 and the pair were also favoured to finish 1-2 in the individual event. In truth the contest for gold was hardly a contest at all as the Chinese duo took the lead on their dive and added a few more points to it on every successive dive. This was He’s first Olympic title but the third for Wu who had also won the event in 2004 and 2008.
More interesting was the closeness of the battle for the other medals. A more consistent display of diving saw the USA place second ahead of more fancied contenders from Canada, Australia and Italy.
Bronze medal winner Emilie Heymans of Canada became the first female diver, fourth diver overall, to win a medal at four consecutive Olympic Games.