Ireland's Oliver Dingley has finished in eighth position in the final of the men's 3m springboard at the Olympics in Rio.

The 23-year-old was in fourth place halfway through the competition after three very strong opening dives.

Dingley opened with a very solid 74.40 dive, before following it up with an 81.60 - his best dive in Rio.

A 76.50 third dive saw him sit just outside the medal positions by 0.2 points at the midway point.

However his fourth dive, which carried a low tariff, saw him drop out of medal contention into eighth position when he was awarded a mark of 69.00.

The Yorkshire-born athlete was awarded a 61.50 for his penultimate dive and a very good 79.90 for his final attempt to secure an eighth place finish.

China's Cao Yuan took gold following a series of spectacular dives, just pipping Jack Laugher of Britain.

21-year-old Laugher, a gold medallist in synchronised 3 metre springboard in Rio, took the silver after scraping into the finals in 12th and last place.

Germany's Patrick Hausding, who placed fourth in London, won the bronze and had the highest scoring dive of the finals at 98.80.

How diving is scored:

The scoring system looks convoluted on first glance, but it's actually pretty straightforward.

Seven judges score the dive. The top two scores and the bottom two scores are discarded. The three remaining scores are added together and multiplied by the degree of difficulty in the jump to give the overall score for the dive.