Guide to diving at the Olympics

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 17:05

COMPETITION DATES
29 July to 11 August.

STAR NAME
Tom Daley (men's 10 metre platform, individual and synchro): The eyes of the host nation will fall on the 18-year-old when he attempts to upset the all-conquering Chinese on the final day of the diving competitions. Daley has, of course, done it before when he snatched the world platform title as a 15-year-old in 2009.

Since then he has endured public criticism for his high profile in the media while he also suffered the loss of his father Robert to brain cancer in May last year. Despite that Daley is in career-best form having been crowned World Series and European champion, in a personal best 565.05, this year.

GREATEST OLYMPIAN
Greg Louganis (men's 3m & 10m): Regarded as one of the greatest divers of all time, Louganis was a four-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion. He won both the 3m and 10m competitions at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics - with his 3m success in Seoul coming despite hitting his head on the springboard and suffering concussion in the preliminary round.

BIGGEST FLOP
Blake Aldridge (10m synchro): Aldridge famously fell out with Daley during the platform synchro competition at the last Olympics after Aldridge took a phone call from his mum between dives. Daley was left perplexed as Aldridge - who was more than a decade older than his 14-year-old team-mate - then also blamed him for a forgettable display that saw them finish last in the final. Since then Daley went on to become platform world champion while Aldridge - after being fined for shoplifting at B&Q - won the 2010 European Cliff Diving Championships.

DID YOU KNOW?
Diving's debut at the 1904 Olympics included the 'plunge for distance' event which, as the name suggests, saw gold handed out to the competitor who covered the furthest distance underwater, and without movement, after diving in from the edge of the pool. The event was never held again after being deemed uninteresting.

FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE GAMES
1904.