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Get to Know: Diving

A run down of what to expect at London 2016


At London 2016

There are 13 gold medals up for grabs spread across 13 sessions with 13 finals and six preliminaries making London the biggest European Diving Championships ever.

Athletes will compete individually, in pairs – known as synchronised diving or synchro – or as a team while mixed gender synchronised diving is introduced to the schedule for the first time ever.

The men’s and women’s 1m and 3m springboard and 10m platform events feature a preliminary and a final while the men’s, women’s and mixed 3m and 10m synchro events and the team event are straight finals.

In individual events the divers with the 12 highest scores will progress from the preliminary to the final, where they will dive in reverse order of their qualifying position. In preliminaries and all synchronised events, the order in which they perform is decided by random draw.

The men’s and team events consist of six rounds of diving while the women’s and mixed events consist of five rounds.

The Sport

In advance of competition divers submit the dives they will perform, with a difficulty rating for each dive. In individual and team events, a panel of seven judges assess the execution of the dive while in synchronised events, a panel of 11 judges mark the divers on both execution and synchronisation. Each judge awards a score out of 10. This score is then multiplied by the dive’s difficulty tariff to determine the final score for each dive.

The team event involves one male and one female competitor from the same country diving three times individually each across the 10m and 3m boards. Each male and female must dive from either board at least once with each team diving an equal number of dives across the two.

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