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Diving at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Platform

Diving at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 19, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016
Format: 10 metre platform.

Gold: CHN Chen Aisen
Silver: MEX Germán Sánchez
Bronze: USA David Boudia

Summary

There was some concern amongst British diving enthusiasts whether [Tom Daley]’s fame and subsequent television appearances would affect his performances since his bronze medal in 2012m but any worries those fans had were ill-founded as Daley finished third in the 2015 World Championship and won the newly instituted team gold medal with [Rebecca Gallantree]. He also won the European Championship 10-metre gold medal in 2016 and the 3-metre mixed synchronised gold, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games platform gold medal. Despite being just 22 years of age, Daley was competing in his third Olympics, and had an impressive record coming into the Games, having won 14 medals from the 16 events he had contested during the calendar year.

At the 2012 London Games, Daley finished third behind gold medal winner [David Boudia] of the USA and China’s [Qiu Bo]. Those two men also finished ahead of Daley at the 2015 World Championships, but this time Qiu Bo won gold and Boudia had to settle for silver, which was the same result in Barcelona two years earlier and was the fourth time the American had won a World Championship silver medal. But, having already won the 10-metre synchronised silver in Rio, Daley was one to beat, along with the two Chinese divers Qiu Bo and [Chen Aisen].

In the preliminaries, it was Daley who gave an outstanding series of six dives and his total of 571.85 would have won the gold medal in Beijing and London. Daley’s worst dive was 88.00 whilst his best of 103.60 was the best of the day’s 168 dives. In total he received three 10s. The two Chinese divers were second and third best qualifiers while David Boudia was 75.40 points behind Daley in fourth.

If Daley’s qualifying dives were sensational, then his semi-final dives were disastrous as he finished last of the 18 divers and failed to make the final 12. He dived to near perfection the previous day; now he was more than 168 points behind his preliminary round total and three dives of just 54.00, 47.25 and 50.40 were not the dives of a champion. As expected Qiu Bo and Chen Aisen topped the semi-final scores with Chen 55.20 points ahead of his compatriot, after Qiu Bo’s disappointing 56.10 on his third dive. David Boudia only managed to qualify in tenth place after a final dive of 88.20. Mexico’s [Iván Garcia] qualified as third best and only 7.15 points behind Qui Bo.

As the scores did not carry forward the 12 finalists started on level terms and, true to form Chen Aisen, opened with a 96.90 with Qiu Bo close behind on 94.75. Disaster struck for Bo in his next dive, however, and was sent tumbling down the scoreboard with a 47.25. David Boudia took the lead ahead of Chen, but then Chinese diver showed his class with three dives in excess of 100, including a final dive of 108.00. The race was on for second place and Qiu Bo pulled himself back into medal contention with two dives of 102.00 or more, but then let it slip with a 47.50. It was left to America’s Boudia and another Mexican, [Germán Sánchez], who had been diving consistently throughout the final, to decide which won silver and which won bronze. After a poor final dive from Boudia, Sanchez knew what he had to do on his final dive and he secured the silver medal with a 91.20, but was more than 52 points behind the champion Chen Aisen, with Qui Bo a disappointing sixth, despite getting a 10 from all seven judges for his third dive, a reverse three and a half somersaults. This was the final event of the diving competition, and Aisen’s victory meant China had won seven of the eight gold medals on offer in Rio.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Chen Aisen 20 China CHN Gold
2 Germán Sánchez 24 Mexico MEX Silver
3 David Boudia 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Benjamin Auffret 21 France FRA
5 Martin Wolfram 24 Germany GER
6 Qiu Bo 23 China CHN
7 Rafael Quintero 22 Puerto Rico PUR
8 Viktor Minibayev 25 Russia RUS
9 Sascha Klein 30 Germany GER
10 Iván García 22 Mexico MEX
11 Woo Ha-Ram 18 South Korea KOR
12 Domonic Bedggood 21 Australia AUS
13 r2/3 Steele Johnson 20 United States USA
14 r2/3 Vincent Riendeau 19 Canada CAN
15 r2/3 Jimmy Connor 21 Australia AUS
16 r2/3 Hugo Parisi 32 Brazil BRA
17 r2/3 Nikita Shleykher 18 Russia RUS
18 r2/3 Tom Daley 22 Great Britain GBR
19 r1/3 Maxim Bouchard 25 Canada CAN
20 r1/3 Víctor Ortega 28 Colombia COL
21 r1/3 Jesús Liranzo 20 Venezuela VEN
22 r1/3 Ooi Tze Liang 22 Malaysia MAS
23 r1/3 Robert Páez 22 Venezuela VEN
24 r1/3 Vadim Kaptur 29 Belarus BLR
25 r1/3 Sebastián Villa 24 Colombia COL
26 r1/3 Yevgeny Korolyov 25 Belarus BLR
27 r1/3 Maicol Verzotto 28 Italy ITA
28 r1/3 Mohab Mohymen Ishak 19 Egypt EGY