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Platform, Men

Date6 – 7 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants29 from 18 countries
Format10 metre platform.

China’s Yang Jian and Cao Yuan were favourites for the individual platform title. Jian was the reigning world champion and Cao was the 2016 Rio springboard gold medallist. Britain’s Tom Daley was hoping to win a medal for the third consecutive Olympics and came to the Games as winner of the 2021 World Cup, held in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

Jian and Cao came through the preliminary round in first and second place with the 2019 World Championships bronze medalllst Oleksandr Bondar of the ROC third. Yang’s sixth and last dive was a forward 4.5 somersaults, which scored him 102.5 points. Tom Daley had a disastrous start scoring just 56.10 on his first dive after all seven judges awarded him a meagre 5.5, and he was out of the top 18 qualifying places in 23rd. However, he clawed himself back into contention and finished as the fourth highest scoring qualifier, and was hoping to win his second gold medal of the Games having won the synchronised platform title with Matty Lee.

A lot of attention was pad to the new “wonder boy” of diving, 15-year-old Ukranian Oleksiy Sereda, who stayed cool throughout the preliminaries to qualify for the semi-final in sixth place. He first rose to prominence in 2019 when he won the platform title at the European Championships when just aged 13, the sport’s youngest ever European champion.

It was much the same in the semi-final with the Chinese divers occupying the top two places, but with Cao first this time. The only surprise of the heat was Cao and Yang lying joint sixth after the opening dives with the Canadian Nathan Zsombor-Murray taking a slender lead from Bondar, who eventually qualifeid in third with Tom Daley fourth. As for Zsombor-Murray, he failed to qualify after finishing 13th.

In the final, Cao opened with a dive that scored 102.00, with Daley second and Yang third. Daley held the lead after his second and third dives with the Chinese divers alternatively occupying the silver and bronze medal positions. However, at the halfway stage, only 6.20 points separated the three men.

The fourth round of dives was the one that effectively decided the outcome of the competition.

Daley made an error on entry into the water and slipped to third place while Cao went into the gold medal position. He held that lead going into the last round, and was 12.10 points of his fellow countryman. However, Yang’s final forward 4.5 somersaults with a degree of difficulty of 4.1 scored a massive 112.75 points to put pressure on Cao who needed to score 100.65 to win. He gave an almost perfect back 2.5 somersaults with 2.5 twists to score 102.60 and capture the gold by just 1.95 points.

This event rounded off another successful diving competition for China who won their seventh gold medal out of the eight available, and for Cao he made history as the first diver to win Olympic gold medals in three different events. He won the platform synchro in 2012, springboard individual at Rio, and now the individual platform title. Daley won a medal in his third consecutive Games and also became the first Briton to win four diving medals.

PosNrDiverNOCQualifyingSFFinal
1Cao YuanCHN529.30 (2)513.70 (1)582.35 (1)Gold
2Yang JianCHN546.90 (1)480.85 (2)580.40 (2)Silver
3Tom DaleyGBR453.70 (4)462.90 (4)548.25 (3)Bronze
4Oleksandr BondarROC513.85 (3)464.10 (3)514.50 (4)
5Viktor MinibayevROC391.95 (14)447.50 (5)495.85 (5)
6Oleksiy SeredaUKR435.90 (6)416.05 (7)461.70 (6)
7Rikuto TamaiJPN374.25 (16)413.65 (8)431.95 (7)
8Cassiel RousseauAUS423.55 (8)444.10 (6)430.35 (8)
9Jordan WindleUSA390.05 (15)409.80 (9)407.90 (9)
10Kawan PereiraBRA371.65 (17)400.40 (12)393.85 (10)
11Brandon LoschiavoUSA403.85 (11)409.75 (10)383.65 (11)
12Andrés Isaac VillarrealMEX410.30 (9)405.55 (11)381.75 (12)
13Nathan Zsombor-MurrayCAN443.85 (5)397.85 (13)
14Rafael QuinteroPUR396.90 (12)397.55 (14)
15Kim Yeong-TaekKOR366.80 (18)374.90 (15)
16Wu Ha-RamKOR427.25 (7)374.50 (16)
17Timo BarthelGER395.70 (13)364.50 (17)
18Sebastián VillaCOL407.30 (10)341.40 (18)
19Rylan WiensCAN366.70 (19)
20Isaac SouzaBRA339.30 (20)
21Jaden EikermannGER330.75 (21)
22Óscar ArizaVEN327.05 (22)
23Mohab Mohymen IshakEGY318.55 (23)
24Iván GarcíaMEX316.95 (24)
25Reo NishidaJPN314.30 (25)
26Jonathan ChanSGP311.15 (26)
27Noah WilliamsGBR309.55 (27)
28Sam FrickerAUS306.50 (28)
29Matthieu RossetFRA275.70 (29)

Qualifying (6 August 2021 — 15:00)

Six dives. Top 18 advanced to the semi-finals.

PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5Dive #6
1Yang JianCHN546.9096.90 (1)75.25 (6)89.25 (1)91.20 (3)91.80 (2)102.50 (1)Q
2Cao YuanCHN529.3095.20 (2)75.20 (7)84.60 (2)86.40 (4)92.50 (1)95.40 (2)Q
3Oleksandr BondarROC513.8581.60 (=3)86.70 (2)84.00 (3)91.80 (2)86.95 (3)82.80 (=7)Q
4Tom DaleyGBR453.7056.10 (23)68.80 (12)64.80 (11)94.50 (1)77.70 (6)91.80 (=3)Q
5Nathan Zsombor-MurrayCAN443.8575.20 (7)96.20 (1)74.25 (6)76.80 (7)51.00 (21)70.40 (=12)Q
6Oleksiy SeredaUKR435.9081.60 (=3)79.20 (4)81.00 (4)40.80 (28)76.50 (7)76.80 (9)Q
7Wu Ha-RamKOR427.2576.80 (=5)81.60 (3)75.60 (5)50.75 (22)70.30 (10)72.20 (11)Q
8Cassiel RousseauAUS423.5568.80 (11)57.60 (20)72.60 (7)76.50 (=8)64.80 (15)83.25 (6)Q
9Andrés Isaac VillarrealMEX410.3073.60 (8)61.20 (17)52.50 (=17)71.40 (13)81.40 (5)70.20 (=14)Q
10Sebastián VillaCOL407.3068.25 (12)72.00 (=8)52.50 (=17)73.10 (12)72.15 (8)69.30 (16)Q
11Brandon LoschiavoUSA403.8570.40 (10)70.20 (11)54.00 (16)81.60 (6)66.60 (12)61.05 (24)Q
12Rafael QuinteroPUR396.9048.00 (28)67.20 (=13)65.60 (=9)83.25 (5)47.85 (22)85.00 (5)Q
13Timo BarthelGER395.7064.80 (20)72.00 (=8)64.50 (12)55.80 (21)71.40 (9)67.20 (18)Q
14Viktor MinibayevROC391.9567.20 (=13)76.50 (5)63.00 (13)63.00 (16)61.05 (17)61.20 (=22)Q
15Jordan WindleUSA390.0567.20 (=13)62.70 (16)49.50 (21)46.25 (26)81.60 (4)82.80 (=7)Q
16Rikuto TamaiJPN374.2576.80 (=5)43.20 (28)49.95 (20)66.60 (15)45.90 (23)91.80 (=3)Q
17Kawan PereiraBRA371.6572.00 (9)54.45 (21)54.45 (15)57.35 (19)64.60 (16)68.80 (17)Q
18Kim Yeong-TaekKOR366.8063.00 (21)52.80 (23)45.90 (24)75.60 (10)66.50 (13)63.00 (19)Q
19Rylan WiensCAN366.7062.40 (22)35.15 (29)65.60 (=9)74.25 (11)52.80 (20)76.50 (10)
20Isaac SouzaBRA339.3067.20 (=13)44.55 (27)48.60 (22)49.30 (=23)68.45 (11)61.20 (=22)
21Jaden EikermannGER330.7567.20 (=13)64.50 (15)42.90 (25)76.50 (=8)34.65 (28)45.00 (28)
22Óscar ArizaVEN327.0552.50 (24)70.95 (10)28.80 (27)57.80 (18)59.40 (=18)57.60 (25)
23Mohab Mohymen IshakEGY318.5549.20 (27)58.50 (19)47.85 (23)56.00 (20)59.40 (=18)47.60 (27)
24Iván GarcíaMEX316.9566.30 (19)67.20 (=13)55.80 (14)68.45 (14)28.80 (29)30.40 (29)
25Reo NishidaJPN314.3044.80 (29)49.30 (24)21.60 (28)62.40 (17)66.00 (14)70.20 (=14)
26Jonathan ChanSGP311.1551.00 (26)54.40 (22)51.20 (19)47.60 (25)44.55 (24)62.40 (=20)
27Noah WilliamsGBR309.5552.20 (25)48.60 (25)72.00 (8)49.30 (=23)38.85 (25)48.60 (26)
28Sam FrickerAUS306.5067.20 (=13)60.00 (18)40.80 (26)29.70 (29)38.40 (26)70.40 (=12)
29Matthieu RossetFRA275.7067.20 (=13)45.90 (26)16.50 (29)46.20 (27)37.50 (27)62.40 (=20)

Semi-Finals (7 August 2021 — 10:00)

Six dives. Top 12 advanced to the final.

PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5Dive #6
1Cao YuanCHN513.7076.50 (=6)78.40 (6)91.80 (1)82.80 (=2)88.80 (=4)95.40 (1)Q
2Yang JianCHN480.8576.50 (=6)87.50 (1)78.75 (=5)68.40 (9)91.80 (1)77.90 (5)Q
3Oleksandr BondarROC464.1080.00 (2)83.30 (2)78.75 (=5)54.00 (13)90.65 (=2)77.40 (6)Q
4Tom DaleyGBR462.9071.40 (10)81.60 (=3)54.00 (16)73.50 (7)88.80 (=4)93.60 (2)Q
5Viktor MinibayevROC447.5057.60 (17)78.20 (7)75.60 (7)82.80 (=2)77.70 (6)75.60 (8)Q
6Cassiel RousseauAUS444.1067.20 (=12)70.20 (11)84.15 (3)74.80 (6)75.60 (=8)72.15 (9)Q
7Oleksiy SeredaUKR416.0576.80 (=3)74.25 (8)84.60 (2)25.50 (18)76.50 (7)78.40 (4)Q
8Rikuto TamaiJPN413.6567.20 (=12)81.00 (5)83.25 (4)48.60 (15)54.40 (16)79.20 (3)Q
9Jordan WindleUSA409.8076.80 (=3)46.20 (18)72.60 (9)77.70 (4)66.30 (14)70.20 (12)Q
10Brandon LoschiavoUSA409.7572.00 (=8)66.60 (13)59.40 (=14)71.40 (8)75.60 (=8)64.75 (14)Q
11Andrés Isaac VillarrealMEX405.5572.00 (=8)73.80 (9)70.00 (10)49.30 (14)68.45 (13)72.00 (10)Q
12Kawan PereiraBRA400.4062.40 (16)69.30 (12)69.30 (11)59.20 (12)71.40 (=10)68.80 (13)Q
13Nathan Zsombor-MurrayCAN397.8581.60 (1)49.95 (17)42.90 (18)75.20 (5)71.40 (=10)76.80 (7)
14Rafael QuinteroPUR397.5576.80 (=3)73.60 (10)44.80 (17)66.60 (10)64.35 (15)71.40 (11)
15Kim Yeong-TaekKOR374.9067.50 (11)57.60 (16)73.10 (8)64.80 (11)52.50 (17)59.40 (=15)
16Wu Ha-RamKOR374.5064.00 (15)81.60 (=3)59.40 (=14)33.25 (17)90.65 (=2)45.60 (18)
17Timo BarthelGER364.5064.80 (14)65.60 (14)63.00 (12)84.60 (1)28.90 (18)57.60 (17)
18Sebastián VillaCOL341.4047.25 (18)62.40 (15)61.25 (13)40.80 (16)70.30 (12)59.40 (=15)

Final Round (7 August 2021 — 15:00)

Six dives.

PosOrdDiverNOCPointsDive #1Dive #2Dive #3Dive #4Dive #5Dive #6
1Cao YuanCHN582.35102.00 (1)81.60 (6)97.20 (1)97.20 (1)101.75 (2)102.60 (2)
2Yang JianCHN580.4090.10 (3)94.50 (1)89.25 (4)91.20 (2)102.60 (1)112.75 (1)
3Tom DaleyGBR548.2598.60 (2)91.20 (4)91.80 (=2)80.50 (6)94.35 (=3)91.80 (3)
4Oleksandr BondarROC514.5075.20 (5)91.80 (=2)85.75 (6)81.00 (5)94.35 (=3)86.40 (=5)
5Viktor MinibayevROC495.8568.80 (=7)91.80 (=2)91.80 (=2)73.80 (9)83.25 (5)86.40 (=5)
6Oleksiy SeredaUKR461.7083.20 (4)79.20 (=7)88.20 (5)56.10 (11)75.00 (6)80.00 (8)
7Rikuto TamaiJPN431.9572.00 (6)86.40 (5)75.85 (7)86.40 (4)35.70 (12)75.60 (9)
8Cassiel RousseauAUS430.3557.60 (12)61.20 (10)74.25 (8)76.50 (8)72.00 (8)88.80 (4)
9Jordan WindleUSA407.9068.80 (=7)72.60 (9)39.60 (12)88.80 (3)69.70 (9)68.40 (12)
10Kawan PereiraBRA393.8560.80 (11)79.20 (=7)46.20 (11)79.55 (7)56.10 (11)72.00 (11)
11Brandon LoschiavoUSA383.6567.20 (=9)59.40 (=11)48.60 (10)69.70 (10)66.60 (10)72.15 (10)
12Andrés Isaac VillarrealMEX381.7567.20 (=9)59.40 (=11)59.50 (9)42.50 (12)72.15 (7)81.00 (7)