Event Preview: Men’s 3m Springboard

24th April 2014

The Chinese entries have 21 individual gold medals between them but there are two other World Series gold medallists in the field for the men’s 3m Springboard as well as a two-time World medallist.

Projected Start List

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He Chong has started his 2014 season in scintillating form, winning the opening two legs of the World Series in comprehensive style.

The Chinese diver – who won the Olympic title in 2008 and gold at the past three World Championships – was more than 30 points clear at the opening leg in Beijing and more than 10 points ahead of the field in Dubai a week later.

For a multiple World champion, He’s record at World Series level is less dominant, his victories this season only his ninth and 10th individual golds of his career

For a multiple World champion, He’s record at World Series level is less dominant, his victories this season only his ninth and 10th individual golds of his career.

Victory in London would tie him level with compatriot and 2007 world champion Qin Kai who is competing at his first World Series event of the season.

Qin won Olympic silver last time he competed at London Aquatics Centre but it was a bittersweet medal for the Chinese diver, having led going into the final round of dives before being overtaken by Russia’s Illya Zakharov.

Zakharov will compete individually for the first time this season in London and will be joined by teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov as they take the challenge to China.

The 24-year old won World Championship silver in 2013 and bronze in 2011 but is awaiting his first World Series gold and will be out to bounce back after failing to reach the final in Dubai last time out.

Illya Kvasha did more than reaching the final at both opening legs this season, winning bronze behind a Chinese one-two in Beijing and Dubai.

The Ukrainian was one of the stars of the UK leg 12 months ago, winning 3m Springboard gold in Edinburgh before going on to win his first World Championship medal with 1m Springboard silver later in the season.

Mexico’s world bronze medallist Yahel Castillo also knows what it takes to win World Series gold, having topped the podium in Guadalajara last season as well as in Veracruz in 2010 and Tijuana as far back as 2008.

While Castillo’s best performances have come in front of a home crowd, Germany’s Patrick Hausding often saves his best for UK venues, winning the third individual bronze of his career in Edinburgh 12 months ago and 10m Synchro bronze at the 2012 FINA World Cup in London.

Meanwhile, Germany's second diver, Stephan Feck, will be hoping to banish memories of a failed dive in the Olympic prelim where he landed dramatically on his back.

Home hopes will centre around 19-year old Jack Laugher who has impressed this season, finishing sixth in both Beijing and Dubai and scoring his World Series PB 487.95 to reach the final in the latter.

Japan’s Sho Sakai, Austria’s Constantin Blaha and Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gorshkovozov complete the line-up, all three divers looking to progress to their first World Series final.

  • Start list is provisional and may be subject to changes.