Sunday 25 September 2016

Oliver Dingley creates Irish Olympic history by making 3m springboard final

Sean McGoldrick

Published 16/08/2016 | 17:56

Oliver Dingley of Ireland in action during the preliminary round of the Men's 3m springboard in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, Barra da Tijuca, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Oliver Dingley of Ireland in action during the preliminary round of the Men's 3m springboard in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, Barra da Tijuca, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's Oliver Dingley has created Irish sporting history by qualifying for the Olympic final in the 3m springboard diving competition.

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Having made the semi-final by finishing 13th in the preliminary round, the Harrowgate born athlete upped his performance considerably in today's semi-final finishing ninth overall with 74.85 points.

The top 12 finishers in the semi-final went through so Dingley comfortably made the tonight final (9pm) Irish time in the Olympic Aquatic Stadium.

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

He came close to representing his native country at the London Olympics four years ago only to be overlooked in the final decision. This partly influenced his decision to declare for Ireland. His grandmother was born and raised in Spike Island in Cork.

He moved to live and train full time in Dublin prior to qualifying for the Rio Games.

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