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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 6, 2012
Date Finished: August 7, 2012
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: RUS Ilya Zakharov
Silver: CHN Qin Kai
Bronze: CHN He Chong


The favourite for the Olympic title was the man who had been undefeated in major championships since before the Beijing Games – [He Chong] of China. Chong’s form in the early part of 2012 gave little doubt that he would retain his Olympic gold as he won both the Diving World Cup at London’s Olympic aquatics centre and was dominant in World Series events. However Chong’s first dive of the Olympic final was slightly below par and he struggled to make up the gap between himself, compatriot [Qin Kai] and Russian [Ilya Zakharov]. Kai and Zakharov swapped the lead throughout the competition with the fate of the Olympic championship only being decided on the last round of dives. The Russian nailed his final dive and won gold by a healthy margin of 14 points. To his efforts he was named FINA World Diver of the Year for 2012.

Unluckiest diver of the event was Germany’s [Stephan Feck]. He slipped on the board, became hopelessly lost in mid rotation and landed flat on his back to “score” a rarely seen total of zero points. His performance became an internet sensation.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ilya Zakharov 21 Russia RUS Gold
2 Qin Kai 26 China CHN Silver
3 He Chong 25 China CHN Bronze
4 Patrick Hausding 23 Germany GER
5 Troy Dumais 32 United States USA
6 Yahel Castillo 25 Mexico MEX
7 Ethan Warren 20 Australia AUS
8 Illia Kvasha 24 Ukraine UKR
9 Chris Mears 19 Great Britain GBR
10 Yeoh Ken Nee 29 Malaysia MAS
11 Alexandre Despatie 27 Canada CAN
12 Javi Illana 26 Spain ESP
13 François Imbeau-Dulac 21 Canada CAN
14 Yevgeny Kuznetsov 22 Russia RUS
15 Matthieu Rosset 22 France FRA
16 Oleksiy Pryhorov 25 Ukraine UKR
17 César de Castro 29 Brazil BRA
18 Chris Colwill 27 United States USA
19 Qiang Huang 30 Malaysia MAS
20 Michele Benedetti 27 Italy ITA
21 Sebastián Villa 20 Colombia COL
22 Damien Cely 23 France FRA
23 Daniel Islas 20 Mexico MEX
24 Tommaso Rinaldi 21 Italy ITA
25 Robert Páez 18 Venezuela VEN
26 Stefanos Paparounas 22 Greece GRE
27 Jack Laugher 17 Great Britain GBR
28 Edickson Contreras 21 Venezuela VEN
29 Stephan Feck 22 Germany GER