Oliver Dingley produces outstanding display to come eighth in 3m springboard final
Ireland has a new sporting idol in English born diver Oliver Dingley, who fashioned a heroic performance in the 3m springboard diving competition in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio.
In the end the Harrowgate born athlete, who is eligible to compete for Ireland through his grandmother, finished eighth in the final which was decided over six rounds.
His final points tally of 442.40 points was a personal best and he ended the competition on a high with a 79.90 score for his last dive – his best ever. Yuan Cao from China won the gold with 547.60 points.
Earlier in the final Dingley was within touching distance of the bronze medal but at the business end of the thrilling decider. the medal contenders opted for more difficult dives and Dingley slipped down the leader board.
Nonetheless, it was a heroic performance from twenty three year old Dingley who came to live and train in Ireland full time after declaring for his adopted country.
He was one of 12 divers who qualified for the final having finished 9th in the semi-final.
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 on Spike Island in Cork.