Event Preview: Men’s Platform

16th April 2013

While the men’s platform has the smallest field of the individual events, the lure of Tom Daley – the host nation’s most well-known diver – ensures it will be one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the competition.

Projected Start List

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The Olympic bronze medallist has a consistent record at the World Series in recent years, medalling in the individual platform at each of his last five attempts, including his first gold in Tijuana last season.

The Edinburgh leg will be Daley’s first international appearance of the season but the 18-year old comfortably defended his national title in January.

Mexico’s Ivan Garcia and Russia’s Victor Minibaev are the most experienced of Daley’s competition in Edinburgh at this level, each having competed in 16 World Series events in their careers.

Minibaev is the in-form diver of the two, winning bronze at each of the opening two legs of this year’s Series in Beijing and Dubai respectively and scoring his World Series best 538.05 in the Dubai final.

The 21-year old has been a consistent performer in other international competitions in recent years, winning World Cup and European silver last season as well as finishing fourth at the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games.

Garcia’s successes have come largely in the synchronised event, having previously never finished higher than fifth in the individual platform at World Series level, but the 19-year old is a Youth Olympic bronze medallist from 2010.

Finally, while Ukraine’s Anton Zakharov will make his World Series debut in Edinburgh, he is no stranger to the world stage, having competed at the past three Olympic Games and will be looking to land his nation’s first medal in this event.

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