Olympics 2016: Diving Preview

Updated Tuesday 9th August 2016, 10:00 AM

Event Date: 7th - 20th August

A squad of 11 Team GB divers will be taking the plunge at Rio 2016 and competing against the best in the world in the pursuit of medals. Tom Daley is now one of the most experienced members of the team, taking part in his third Olympics despite still being only 22. He will be looking to build on his bronze from London 2012, and a number of other Brits have the potential to join him on the podium.

How the Bookies See it

  • Men’s 10m Platform Winner: Chen Aisen (CHN) 8/11, Qiu Bo (CHN) 11/8, Tom Daley (GBR) 8/1 - Sky Bet
  • Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform Winner: China 1/6, Germany 7/1, Mexico 10/1 - Coral
  • Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard Winner: China 1/4, Russia 6/1, Germany 7/1 - Coral
  • Women’s Synchronised 10m Platform Winner: China 1/16, Canada 8/1, North Korea 16/1 - Coral

Men’s Diving Preview

Tom Daley’s jubilation at winning bronze in 2012 sparked a memorable celebration as members of the British team jumped gleefully rather than gracefully into the pool, but this time he has his sights firmly set on gold and he has revealed details of an intensive training schedule that includes kickboxing, ballet, weights and sprinting. However, he is the third favourite for the 10m platform and Chinese rivals Chen Aisen and Qiu Bo have dominated this year’s FINA Diving World Series, so another podium finish may be the best that he can hope for.

Daley will have another chance to go for gold alongside Dan Goodfellow in the synchronised 10m. The duo have been repeatedly medalling at the World Series and look better than the ranking of fifth-favourites they have been given by most bookies but, as with so many diving disciplines, this one could be dominated by China. Team GB’s Chris Mears and Jack Laugher are also rated as fifth favourites for the synchronised 3m springboard, but their partnership has really blossomed this year and they could be contenders for a top-three spot.

Women’s Diving Preview

Tonia Couch, like Daley, is competing at her third Olympics and will also be taking part in the 10m platform and synchronised 10m. She has performed well in the individual event but her best chance probably lies in the synchro alongside Lois Toulson, a 16-year-old tipped for a very bright future. They have finished in the top three in three of the four World Series events this year and, while a gold medal may just prove beyond them, another medal is a very achievable target.

Among the British outsiders are Grace Reid and Rebecca Gallantree in the 3m springboard, Gallantree and Alicia Blagg in the 3m synchro and Sarah Barrow in the 10m platform. Barrow has battled back from a major shin injury and non-cancerous tumour to take her place on the team and will be thrilled just to be in Rio, even though she is unlikely to challenge for a medal.

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Tom Daley to finish in the top three in the 10m platform - 1/1 at Ladbrokes

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 August 2016 10:00:11+00:00
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