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Diving at the 2016 Summer Olympics

The diving competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 7 to 20 August at Maria Lenk Aquatic Center in Barra da Tijuca.[1] It was one of four aquatic sports at the Games, along with swimming, water polo, and synchronised swimming.

at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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VenueMaria Lenk Aquatic Center
Dates7–20 August
No. of events8
Competitors136 from 29 nations
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The 2016 Games featured competitions in eight events (men and women events each of): 3m springboard, synchronised 3m springboard, 10m platform, and synchronised 10m platform.[2]

The diving competitions featured up to 136 athletes.[3] All divers had to be at least 14 years old on or by 31 December 2016.[4]

On Tuesday August 9, the water of the diving well turned dark green, originally thought to be caused by the heat and lack of wind in the venue. However, at the time a CNN photographer took a picture, an adjacent pool in the same location was not green.[5] Olympic officials later confirmed that the change in color was due to 160 litres of hydrogen peroxide having been mistakenly added to the pool during cleaning. [6]

For the eighth consecutive Games, China dominated the medal table, and for the fourth occasion in that period were denied a clean sweep of diving golds by a single event; in this case, the 3 metre synchronised men's event won by Great Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears, their nations first ever gold medalists in the discipline.


The Maria Lenk Aquatic Center's diving pool, during the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The water of the diving pool turned a green colour[7]

A nation could have no more than 16 divers qualify (up to eight males and eight females) and could enter up to two divers in individual events and one pair in synchronized events.[3]

For the individual diving events, qualifiers were:

  • the top 12 finishers in each event from the 2015 World Championships,
  • the five continental champions in each event, and
  • up to 18 semi-finalists from the 2016 FINA Diving World Cup.

For the synchronized events (pairs), qualifiers were:

  • the top three finishers in each event from the 2015 World Championships,
  • the top four from in each event the 2016 World Cup, and
  • the host nation (Brazil).[3]

Note: Qualifying spots went to the nation – they were not tied to the individual diver who achieved the place/finish at the qualifying event. However, an individual diver might only qualify one spot for their nation.

Participating nationsEdit

136 athletes represented 29 nations in Diving at the 2016 Olympics:[8]


All times are Brasília Time (UTC-3)

Day Time Event
Sunday 7 August 16:00–17:15 3m Springboard Synchronized Women
Monday 8 August 16:00–17:15 10m Platform Synchronized Men
Tuesday 9 August 16:00–17:15 10m Platform Synchronized Women
Wednesday 10 August 16:00–17:15 3m Springboard Synchronized Men
Friday 12 August 15:30–18:30 3m Springboard Women (Preliminaries)
Saturday 13 August 16:00–17:40 3m Springboard Women (Semifinal)
Sunday 14 August 16:00–17:30 3m Springboard Women (Final)
Monday 15 August 15:15–18:45 3m Springboard Men (Preliminaries)
Tuesday 16 August 10:00–11:50 3m Springboard Men (Semifinal)
18:00–20:10 3m Springboard Men (Final)
Wednesday 17 August 15:00–18:10 10m Platform Women (Preliminaries)
Thursday 18 August 10:00–11:30 10m Platform Women (Semifinal)
16:00–17:30 10m Platform Women (Final)
Friday 19 August 16:00–19:10 10m Platform Men (Preliminaries)
Saturday 20 August 11:00–12:50 10m Platform Men (Semifinal)
16:30–18:10 10m Platform Men (Final)


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Rio 2016: Diving". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 5 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Diving page Archived 23 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine from the 2016 Olympics website (; retrieved 2016-05-28.
  3. ^ a b c "Qualification System – Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Diving" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Qualification System - Games of the XXXI Olympiad - Rio 2016" (PDF). Diving. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 April 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  6. ^ Editor, Chris D'Angelo Associate; Hawaii, HuffPost (13 August 2016). "So, Someone Dumped 160 Liters Of Hydrogen Peroxide In 2 Olympic Pools". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. ^ Jack De Menezes (10 August 2016). "Rio 2016: Organisers fail to explain why diving pool turned green as Tom Daley asks 'what happened?!'". The Independent.
  8. ^ "RIO 2016 - DIVING - PARTICIPATING ATHLETES". Retrieved 6 July 2016.

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