Tokyo Olympics: How Much Has Diving Evolved Since 1904?

Published 07/20/2021, 8:54 PM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – JUNE 13: Tyler Downs celebrates after placing first in the men’s 3-meter springboard final during day 8 of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials at Indiana University Natatorium on June 13, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


When it comes to water-based sports, swimming, canoeing, and water polo are popular with the masses, especially in Europe. But the Olympics Diving division has a massive fan following of its own. This particular Olympic discipline has a rich and diverse history. Since making a debut at the 1904 Olympic Games in Saint Louis.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 10: Jack Laugher and Chris Mears of Great Britain compete in the Men’s Diving Synchronised 3m Springboard Final on Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

That was also the one and only time that the plunge for distance diving event took place at the Olympics. William Dickney will go down in history as the greatest Olympic plunge for distance champion, and probably the only one.

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But there’s more about this discipline that fascinates and entices viewers every four years. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to 1904 when diving made its debut at the Summer Olympics.

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The Olympic Diving final is one of the most-watched events at every Olympics. This discipline has been part of the Olympics for more than a century now. There have been some memorable competitions and milestones in diving over the last 50 odd years or so.

For the most part, Olympic diving remained unchanged from 1924 until 2000 when synchronized diving gained global recognition. This year will be no different, we hope.

Olympic divers who are famous for their displays include the likes of Wu Minxia, Guo Jingjing, Fu Mingxia and Greg Louganis.

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The USA, in particular, has dominated Olympic diving over the last century or so The American men’s diving team has won 16 out of the 26 Olympic golds on springboard. In addition to that, they have 12 out of 26 on platform.

. Meanwhile, the women’s diving team has taken home 12 of 22 springboard golds and 8 of 23. Apart from them, the Chinese have also done well in this discipline.

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