Monday 26 September 2016

Oliver Dingley dives headlong into history

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

Oliver Dingley competes in the men’s diving 3m springboard. Photo: Getty
Oliver Dingley competes in the men’s diving 3m springboard. Photo: Getty

Oliver Dingley made Irish sporting history when he qualified for the Olympic final in the 3m springboard diving competition.

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He is Ireland's first Olympic diving representative since Dubliner Eddie Heron competed in London in 1948.

The Harrowgate-born athlete moved to live and train full-time in Dublin after declaring for Ireland - his grandmother was born and raised on Spike Island in Cork.

Dingley (23) produced great consistency in his six dives last night, and at one point was lying in third place. However, the high-quality field eventually reeled his scores in and Dingley finished in a highly comendable eighth place overall, scoring 442.9. Cao Yuan from China took gold.

Irish Independent

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