Aquatics - Diving
From the 1m springboard to the imposing 10m platform, divers from across the Commonwealth will demonstrate control, poise, flexibility, and precision.
Diving at Birmingham 2022 promises the spectacle of individual and synchronised divers maintaining immaculate form as they somersault towards the water.
Among the events at the games will be the 1m and 3m springboard events, together with the 10m platform event with its spectacular twists, turns and somersaults. The result of each event is determined by a panel of judges who will score each dive, splitting it into the approach and starting position, the take-off, the flight through the air, and the entry into the water.
Each diver performs multiple dives, with the panel of seven judges giving each dive a mark out of ten. When a diver has completed all their dives, the top two and bottom two scores are discarded. The remaining three are added together and multiplied by the dive’s degree of difficulty, with the highest score claiming the Gold.
In synchronised diving events, the judging panel is made up of 9 judges – three rate each diver on the criteria above, while the remaining six judge how in sync the pairs are.
Previous Commonwealth Games appearances
Diving was included on the programme at the first ever Commonwealth Games in 1930, and has featured at every event since then.
The dive tower at Sandwell Aquatics centre is made of 233 tonnes of concrete and took 2,000 hours to build. A diver taking off from its 10-metre platform will hit the water at 30mph and is in the air for less than three (crucial) seconds.
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