Diving became popular in Sweden and Germany in the 18th and 19th centuries. The sport was primarily practised by gymnasts who started performing tumbling routines into the water. In the late 19th century a group of Swedish divers visited Great Britain. They put on diving displays that proved hugely popular and led to the formation of the first diving organisation, the Amateur Diving Association, in 1901.

Diving was included in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 1904 Games in St Louis. The springboard and platform events have been included since the 1908 Olympic Games in London. Since the 1912 Games in Stockholm, women have taken part in the diving events.

The diving programme has been relatively stable since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam: men and women take part in 10-metre high-dive and 3-metre springboard events. In 2000, the Sydney Games witnessed the inclusion of synchronised diving on both the springboard and the platform.

48 Athletes (24 women and 24 men)

Women / Men / 3m Springboard, 10m Platform, Mixed International Team



A diver's result is the sum of all dives performed during a phase.


After each dive, the judges score the dive from 0 to 10 points, in half point increments.


In both the individual and the team events a panel of seven judges will judge each dive.


The two highest and the two lowest judges scores are not considered in the calculation of a dive score. The remaining three judges' scores are added and multiplied by the degree of difficulty (DD) of the dive. Team events: Each team consists of one female and one male diver, from the same or different NOCs; Each team performs six different dives (three by the female diver, three by the male diver).


Types of dives: Forward – splash towards the water; Backward – backwards take-off; Reverse – forward take-off, executing the movement backwards; Inward – backward take-off and forward execution; Twisting – regardless of the take-off, the body must perform a spin; Armstand – in the initial position, athletes place their hands on the platform and their feet upward. It is performed only on the 10m platform.

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