And Tanya Watson Scores 295.50 in Semi-Final

May 05, 2021

Rio 2016 finalist Oliver Dingley on Wednesday morning qualified for Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games at the FINA Diving World Cup.

Dingley needed to finish in the Top 18 in the 3m springboard to achieve automatic qualification for his second Olympic Games and secured 15th .

The National Record-holder scored 399.75 points in the preliminary round, advancing to the semi-finals, which take place on Thursday morning from 2am and could yet see him improve his final position.

Tanya Watson, who on Tuesday became the first Irish female diver to qualify for an Olympic Games, finished her competition with a score of 295.50 points in the 10m Platform semi-final.

Improving on the 271.85 points achieved in the preliminary round, the 19-year-old’s semi-final score is the highest she has ever posted in a FINA competition.

This has come despite a tumultuous 12 months, in which Watson has seen her normal training pool in Southampton, UK closed for long periods during lockdowns.

Watson has spent much of the past year at National Centre (Dublin) training with Oliver Dingley and Clare Cryan under Ireland’s National Head Coach for Diving, Damian Ball at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre.

Reflecting, Damian Ball, National Head Coach for Diving, said: “Another fantastic day and some top class performances from our divers.

“Ollie’s experience was clear today, he was consistent, confident, and hardly put a foot wrong. 16 months of no competitions hasn’t seemed to phase Ollie at all.

“Tanya dived with passion and enjoyment in her debut World Cup semi-final. 2 points was all that separated her from a spot in the final. The remainder of this season could be very promising for this young talent.”

The next stop for Watson is the LEN European Championship in Budapest, which begin on Monday, May 10.

Irish Divers Schedule

Thursday, May 5, 2am Mens 3M Springboard Semi-Final Oliver Dingley

The final will follow at 8am

For latest startlists and results visit FINA Diving World Cup – Tokyo, Japan