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Diving
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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The Aquatics Centre
Venue Aquatics Centre
Dates 29 July – 11 August
Competitors 136 from 25 nations
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Diving at the
2012 Summer Olympics

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3 m springboard   men   women
10 m platform   men   women
Synchronized
3 m springboard
  men   women
Synchronized
10 m platform
  men   women

The diving competitions at the 2012 Olympic Games in London took place from 29 July to 11 August at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. It was one of four aquatic sports at the Games, along with swimming, water polo and synchronised swimming.

The 2012 Games had competitions in eight events (men and women events each of): 3m springboard, synchronised 3m springboard, 10m platform, and synchronised 10m platform.

The diving had 136 athletes representing 25 countries. All divers must be at least 14 years old on or by 31 December 2012.

China was the most successful nation, topping the medal table with six golds and ten in total.

Qualification

A nation could have no more than 16 divers qualify (up to eight males and eight females) and could enter up to two divers in individual events and one pair in synchronised events.

For the individual diving events, qualifiers were:

  • the top 12 finishers in each event from the 2011 World Championships,
  • the five continental champions in each event, and
  • up to 18 semi-finalists from the 2012 Diving World Cup.

For the synchronised events (pairs), qualifiers were:

  • the top three finishers in each event from the 2011 World Championships,
  • the top four from in each event the 2012 World Cup, and
  • the host nation (Great Britain).

Note: Qualifying spots go to the nation – they are not tied to the individual diver who achieved the place/finish at the qualifying event. However, an individual diver may only qualify one spot for their nation.

Participating nations

Twenty-five nations competed in diving at the 2012 Olympics:

Schedule

P Preliminaries ½ Semifinal F Final
Date → Sun 29 Mon 30 Tue 31 Wed 1 Fri 3 Sat 4 Sun 5 Mon 6 Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Sat 11
Event ↓ A A A A A A E E M E E M E E M E
Men's 3 m springboard P ½ F
Men's 10 m platform P ½ F
Men's synchronized 3 m springboard F
Men's synchronized 10 m platform F
Women's 3 m springboard P ½ F
Women's 10 m platform P ½ F
Women's synchronized 3 m springboard F
Women's synchronized 10 m platform F
M = Morning session, A = Afternoon session, E = Evening session

Medalists

Medal table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China 6 3 1 10
2  United States 1 1 2 4
3  Russia 1 1 0 2
4  Mexico 0 2 1 3
5  Australia 0 1 0 1
6  Canada 0 0 2 2
7  Great Britain 0 0 1 1
 Malaysia 0 0 1 1
Total 8 8 8 24

Men

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard
details
Ilya Zakharov
 Russia
Qin Kai
 China
He Chong
 China
10 m platform
details
David Boudia
 United States
Qiu Bo
 China
Tom Daley
 Great Britain
Synchronised 3 m springboard
details
Luo Yutong
and Qin Kai
 China
Ilya Zakharov
and Evgeny Kuznetsov
 Russia
Troy Dumais
and Kristian Ipsen
 United States
Synchronised 10 m platform
details
Cao Yuan
and Zhang Yanquan
 China
Iván García
and Germán Sánchez
 Mexico
David Boudia
and Nicholas McCrory
 United States

Women

Event Gold Silver Bronze
3 m springboard
details
Wu Minxia
 China
He Zi
 China
Laura Sánchez
 Mexico
10 m platform
details
Chen Ruolin
 China
Brittany Broben
 Australia
Pandelela Rinong
 Malaysia
Synchronised 3 m springboard
details
He Zi
and Wu Minxia
 China
Kelci Bryant
and Abigail Johnston
 United States
Jennifer Abel
and Émilie Heymans
 Canada
Synchronised 10 m platform
details
Chen Ruolin
and Wang Hao
 China
Paola Espinosa
and Alejandra Orozco
 Mexico
Meaghan Benfeito
and Roseline Filion
 Canada
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