Diving fails: How it went wrong for defending Olympic champ

DIVING is supposed to be graceful and skilful.

But when it goes wrong it can be the complete opposite.

It can also bring a world of pain for the divers, both physically and mentally.

But what is also does is give us all a laugh (or cringe).

Our favourite is the last one, if you allow for some poetic license.

Ilia Zakharov, Russia

He was a favourite for a medal in Rio after taking a gold in London four years ago.

But any aspirations Ilia Zakharov had of repeating that effort went awry with this effort in the semi-finals in Brazil.

The Olympic champion got straight zeros for this epic fail and missed out on the final.

 

Stephan Feck, Germany

The German diver was someone who was expected to do well in London in 2012.

But he would have got all zeros for this horror effort.

We are not sure if those are twists or if he is practising his break-dancing.

Whatever, this is another that goes in the basket of "oh no".

Just another laugh out loud moment.

Greg Louganis, USA

This was definitely in the painful bracket.

The gold medal favourite in Seoul 1988 caught the edge of the board with his head when trying to qualify for the final.

Louganis' head split open and blood spilled into the pool but after being stitched up, the American returned to produce the best dive of the preliminaries to make the final.

He showed his class to take out the gold.

 

John Smith, Great Britain

Smith was another favourite but decided to put two fingers up at the authorities by producing this effort.

The youngster bears an uncanny resemblance to British comedian Peter Kay but you make your own mind up.

Top bombing! 


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