Sunday 23 July 2017

Dingley masters outdoor pool to breach diving gap

Diving

23-year-old Oliver Dingley previously won bronze for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the same event he competes in today. Photo: Sportsfile
23-year-old Oliver Dingley previously won bronze for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the same event he competes in today. Photo: Sportsfile
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Oliver Dingley insists he can put in a good performance when he becomes the first man to represent Ireland in diving in over 68 years this evening.

The former UK diver believes he has overcome the different challenges that Rio's outdoor pool poses ahead of the men's 3m springboard preliminary rounds (7.15pm).

"The weather conditions are ever-changing, so I feel like I can put in a good performance in all conditions," he said.

"I've been nursing a sore ankle, however I feel like we are managing that well at the moment.

"I've been embracing the Olympic spirit and looking forward to making some Irish history, one dive at a time."

Dingley, who qualifies through his Cork-born grandmother, chose to represent Ireland after being overlooked for the 2012 Games despite finishing second at the UK Olympic trials.

The 23-year-old previously won bronze for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the same event he competes in today.

Irish Independent

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