Medal chase: Diving, men’s

Medal          ChaseDiving judges must have 20/10 vision. The action happens so quickly. But TV is doing a better and better job of breaking it down for you, so you won’t just be relying on splash size to see who’s doing the best.

It’ll be the Chinese.

The details:

Springboard (3-meter)

Traditional powers: China, USA, Russia.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2012 Oly Ilya Zakharov (RUS) Qin Kai (CHN) He Chong (CHN)
2013 WCh He Chong (CHN) Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) Yahel Castillo (MEX)
2015 WS Jack Laugher (GBR) Patrick Hausding (GER) Cao Yuan (CHN)
2015 WCh He Chao (CHN) Ilya Zakharov (RUS) Jack Laugher (GBR)

2016 World Series: March-May 2016

Current projection: He Chao (CHN), Jack Laugher (GBR), Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS)

USA medal chances: Fair. Troy Dumais (fifth, 2012) is still competing well into his mid-30s.


Platform (10-meter)

Traditional powers: China, USA, Russia.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2012 Oly David Boudia (USA) Qiu Bo (CHN) Thomas Daley (GBR)
2013 WCh Qui Bo (CHN) David Boudia (USA) Sascha Klein (GER)
2015 WS Yang Jian (CHN) Thomas Daley (GBR) Qui Bo (CHN)
2015 WCh Qui Bo (CHN) David Boudia (USA) Thomas Daley (GBR)

2016 World Series: March-May 2016

Current projection (tbd after World Champs): Qui Bo (CHN), David Boudia (USA), Thomas Daley (GBR)

USA medal chances: Very good. Bo and Boudia have finished 1-2 in last three Worlds.


Synchronized Springboard (3-meter)

Traditional powers: China, Russia, Mexico.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2012 Oly Qin Kai / Luo Yutong (CHN) Ilya Zakharov / Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) Troy Dumais / Kristian Ipsen (USA)
2013 WCh Qin Kai / He Chong (CHN) Ilya Zakharov / Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) Jahir Ocampo / Rommel Pacheco (MEX)
2015 WS CHN MEX GER
2015 WCh Cao Yuan / Qin Kai (CHN)  Ilya Zakharov / Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) Jack Laugher / Chris Mears (GBR)

2016 World Series: March-May 2016

Current projection (tbd after World Champs): China, Russia, Germany

USA medal chances: Fair

Notes: Qin has won five straight world titles, the last four with four different partners.


Synchronized Platform (10-meter)

Traditional powers: China, Russia.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
2012 Oly Cao Yuan / Zhang Yanquan (CHN) German Sanchez / Ivan Garcia Navarro (MEX) David Boudia / Nick McCrory (USA)
2013 WCh Sascha Klein / Patrick Hausding (GER) Victor Minibaev / Artem Chesakov (RUS) Cao Yuan / Zhang Yanquan (CHN)
2015 WS CHN GER MEX
2015 WCh Chen Aisen / Lin Yue (CHN) German Sanchez / Ivan Garcia Navarro (MEX) Roman Izmailov / Victor Minibaev (RUS)

2016 World Series: March-May 2016

Current projection (tbd after World Champs): China, Mexico, Russia

USA medal chances: Fair. McCrory (DUKE!) retired to go to med school. Slacker. Boudia and Steele Johnson were fifth in 2015 WCh.


Diving facts

Official site: Unnavigable.

Olympic qualification: Divers earn quota spots in international competitions (2015 World Championships, continental events, 2016 World Cup). Then it’s up to each country.

Wikipedia has the best breakdown of current qualifiers. FINA has the official rules for quotas; USA Diving has the U.S. selection procedures.

Key dates:

  • February 2016: World Cup. Last chance for quotas.
  • June 18-26, 2016: U.S. trials, Indianapolis

 

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