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Beijing recap
China nearly swept the diving program at the Beijing Games, winning seven of eight gold medals. Australia's Matthew Mitcham was the only non-Chinese diver to win a gold medal in men's platform, in the final event. It was a stunning upset, as Mitcham became the first Aussie man since 1924 to win a diving gold, and just the third Aussie ever. 

China dominated diving at the Beijing Games.
China dominated diving at the Beijing Games.

For the second-straight Olympics, the U.S. diving team was shut out of the medals. But among the young competitors - six of the 12 divers were still in their teens - there was hope for London as they consistently qualified for finals and contended for a couple of synchro medals. But when it came to getting on that podium, the Americans came up short again.

More on Olympic diving

The 2012 Olympic diving program contains eight diving events.

Four are individual:

  • Men's and women's springboard (or 3-meter springboard)
  • Men's and women's platform (or 10-meter platform)

The other four are pairs events:

  • Men's and women's synchronized springboard
  • Men's and women's synchronized platform

At the Olympics, each individual diving competition features a preliminary round, a semifinal, and a final; the synchronized events are final only.

Number of dives per round

Men's springboard: Six dives per round

Men's platform: Six dives per round

Men's synchronized springboard: Five dives

Men's synchronized platform: Five dives

Women's springboard: Five dives per round

Women's platform: Five dives per round

Women's synchronized springboard: Five dives

Women's synchronized platform: Five dives

Individual event format
In women's springboard and platform competitions, divers execute five dives from different groups (forward, backward, reverse, inward and twisting; armstand in platform only) without a limit on degree of difficulty.

In men's springboard, divers execute six dives from different groups, with one from each of the five groups plus an additional dive from any group, without a limit on degree of difficulty. In men's platform, divers execute six dives from the six different groups.

Preliminary Round: The order of the dives is selected by the diver. The top 18 divers from the preliminary round advance to the semifinal. If there's a tie for 18th, all tied divers advance.

Semifinal: Again, the divers select their order of dives. The 12 divers with the highest score from the semifinal round advance to the final; in the event of a tie for 12th, the tied divers all advance.

Final: In the final round, divers are placed in reverse order of their standings following the semifinal round. The diver with the highest score from the final is the winner.

Synchronized event format
There is only one phase to the synchronized diving competition. The women perform five dives from at least four groups, with at least one dive forward facing that is not in a standing position on the springboard. The men perform six dives from at least four groups, with at least one dive forward facing that is not in a standing position on the springboard. Within the six rounds, a group cannot be used more than twice. None of the same dives may be repeated.

Other rules
Each competitor must deliver to the diving secretary -- no less than 24 hours before the date of the competition -- four copies of a complete program of the dives he or she will perform. The dives must be executed in the order as listed.

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