Oliver Dingley has finished 8th in the 3M Springboard Olympic Final in Rio de Janeiro. The Olympic debutant scored his highest marks of the Games in an outstanding Final that saw China’s Yuan Cao take Gold in 547.60 points.
Having looked nervous in the semi-final earlier today, Dingley looked calm and collected throughout tonight’s Final and scored a personal best of 442.90 after the six rounds, the 23 year old was even in medal contention early on.
Having progressed in 9th place from this morning’s semi-final, Dingley completed the same six dives as the preliminary and semi-final in his first Olympic Final.
Fourth after round one with 74.40 points for a forward 3 ½ somersaults, Oliver went on to score his highest mark of the two days, 81.60, for a forward 2 ½ somersaults 2 twists, to lie just 2.1 points off Bronze. The closest he would get to the medal was at the halfway point where 76.50 points saw him just .2 off Bronze with 232.50 points.
Dingley continued to dive well in rounds 4 and 5 but a lesser degree of difficulty for the dives saw him score lower and slip back to 8th place scoring 69 and 61.50 points. As has been the trend during the preliminaries and semi-final, he finished with his favourite, back 2 ½ somersaults 1 ½ twists, scoring his second highest mark of the Games 79.90.
Dingley is the first Irish diver to compete in an Olympic Games Final and will take huge confidence from an 8th place finish.
Great Britain’s Jack Laugher, who had progressed to the Final in 12th place, won Silver in 523.85 while Germany’s Patrick Hausding claimed Bronze in 498.90.
Oliver Dingley 3m Springboard Final 442.90 Points (8th) Personal Best
Oliver Dingley 3m Springboard Semi-Final 414.25 Points (9th)
Oliver Dingley 3m Springboard Prelims 399.80 Points (13th)