It was nerve-wracking, but Oliver Dingley did enough to secure qualification for the semi-finals of the 3m individual springboard and make history in the process.

In an interesting preliminary round, Dingley delivered with the last of his six dives to secure a 13th-placed finish and with it a passage to the next round, the first time an Irish diver has progressed to the semis.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport afterwards, the 23-year-old admitted "it was a rollercoaster", adding that he dreaded to think what his parents were going through while sitting in the stands.

Dingley also added that he didn't know what position he was in ahead of the final dive, although he was aware he "would be sitting around the cut-off point".

"I'm not usually a good morning person, so it'll be interesting."

In reflective mood afterwards, he said "you kind of have to bring it all back and focus on that one dive - forget about the elements, forget about everyone watching".

The elements, the bane of Annalise Murphy's day in Rio, played havoc with the competition as a strong wind picked up as proceedings got under way.

The conditions led to a number of divers making mistakes on the board, which did not aid the Yorkshire-born man's nerves.

However he did enough to progress and will hope to improve in tomorrow's semi-final, which begins at 2pm on Irish time.

"A few of my dives, they could definitely improve and we'd be pushing for those better places," he said afterwards.

Asked how he'd celebrate his progression, Dingley's answer was in keeping with his relaxed demeanour.

"I cannot wait to sleep - it was a long competition - and eat food."

He best get an early night as he has a bus to catch at 6.30am local time to travel back to his semi-final.

"I'm not usually a good morning person," he admits, "so it'll be interesting."

No doubt the rest of the country will also find it interesting as Dingley seeks to become the first Irish diver to reach an Olympic final.