Event Preview: Men’s 3m Springboard

12th April 2013

Two of the host nation’s most popular divers line-up against two of the most successful divers of the past decade in the men’s 3m Springboard event.

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Great Britain’s Chris Mears, 20, and Jack Laugher, 18, have attracted a legion of fans with their performances on the national and world stage in recent seasons.

Mears impressed to reach the 3m Springboard final at his debut Olympics last season and is a 3m Synchro medallist at World Series level.

World junior champion Laugher is a World Championship and World Cup finalist from 2011 and 2012 respectively and began his season by claiming his third consecutive British title.

While the Brits will have the home support, China’s Qin Kai and He Chong will start favourites, having won 17 individual 3m Springboard titles in World Series history between them (11 for Qin, six for He).

Of the pair, Olympic silver medallist Qin has the upper hand this season with a perfect record in the 2013 World Series, having won individual and synchronised gold at the opening leg in Beijing then another 3m Synchro gold (with He) at the second leg in Dubai.

Meanwhile, reigning world champion He will be desperate to land his first individual gold of the season, having finished second and third at the opening two legs of the 2013 World Series in Beijing and Dubai respectively.

Only three non-Chinese divers have ever won the men’s individual 3m title since the World Series began in 2007 and two of those – Ukraine’s Illya Kvasha and Mexico’s Yahel Castillo – are competing in Edinburgh.

Kvasha’s gold came as recently as the previous leg in Dubai, although the European 1m champion’s highest World Series tally of 500.95 came from the first leg in Beijing where he finished fourth.

Castillo’s two golds both came in front of home crowds in Tijuana (2008) and Veracruz (2010) but the 25-year old has competed in every season of the World Series and reached the individual podium eight times.

The remaining two divers are anything but rank outsiders, each having previously reached the individual 3m Springboard podium at World Series level.

USA’s Troy Dumais is a World Championship silver medallist from 2005 and 2009 and saves his best for the British World Series legs, having won bronze at Sheffield in 2011, silver in 2009 and bronze in 2008.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Patrick Hausding is a former European 3m champion from 2010 and 2011 and finished fourth at the last leg of this year’s Series in Dubai.

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

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