Sunday 26 March 2017

WATCH - Former Olympic gold medallist Ilya Zakharov bellyflops into last place

Zakharov hits the water head-on in the men's three-metre springboard
Zakharov hits the water head-on in the men's three-metre springboard

Mark Critchley

Russian diver Ilya Zakharov, who won gold in the men's three-metre springboard event at London 2012, may have produced one of the worst dives in Olympic history just four years later.

The 25-year-old St Petersburg-born competitor was eliminated at the semi-final stage of the Rio Games’ three-metre competition after a spectacularly poor bellyflop.

Zakharov received a round score of 0.0 from all seven judges, which ended his hopes of defending the 2012 title.

Leon Taylor, while commentating for BBC Sport, described Zakharov’s effort as “dismal” and a “complete knee tremble”.

The Russian finished with a total score of 345.60, the lowest of all 18 competitors in the semi-final.

Ireland's Oliver Dingley is through to the final after finishing in ninth overall with the top 12 competitors going through.

Independent News Service

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