Tuesday 17 January 2017

Dingley masters outdoor pool to breach diving gap

Diving

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

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

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.

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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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