The world’s best divers return to London Aquatics Centre for the first time since the capital hosted the Olympic Games for the British leg of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, live on Sky Sports.
All of the sport’s biggest names will be in action over three days and Sky Sports will be screening live coverage of the final day’s action on Sunday, April 27, featuring the blue-riband 10m Platform competitions.
Launched in 2007, the Diving World Series is a high-profile global tour comprising of six events which offers an annual competition opportunity for the world’s highest ranked diving stars.
Featuring more than 80 of the world’s best divers – world champions and Olympic medallists – from more than 15 countries, the event has solidified its position as nothing short of iconic on the international scene.
Following last year’s successful staging of the UK leg of the series at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, where Tom Daley won the 10m Platform title, the former Olympic Aquatics Centre will host its first international competition since works to significantly transform the centre from London 2012 to legacy mode have been completed.
It’s spectacular 160m long wave-like roof is one of the iconic features of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and following the Games, the venue was reduced to 2,500 permanent seats – expandable to 3,500 – and has been since opened to the public.
The venue will be back under the spotlight for the first time since London hosted the memorable 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as major champions and medalists, including Tom Daley, David Boudia, Chen Ruolin and Wu Minxia, will all be in action once again.
This will be the first time Daley has competed at an international meet on home soil since making London Aquatics Centre his home pool at the start of the season and the significance of the venue will no doubt bring back memories of his emotional podium finish two years ago.
The night of high drama at the Olympics saw Daley, poster boy for Great Britain at the Games, give everything he had and lead with a final dive which earned him 90.75 points, before ultimately being awarded with a bronze medal for his efforts.
David Boudia stormed to an impressive victory ahead of Daley at London 2012 in the men’s 10m Platform after what was one of the closest finals in the Olympic diving programme.
The American world silver medallist, who took the gold with his final dive two years ago, returns to the venue where he stood on top of the podium.
He will compete against Olympic bronze medallist and British diving sensation Tom Daley, world 10m synchro champion Sascha Klein and Victor Minibaev.
Boudia will be looking to get back on to the podium in London with another consistent performance.
Chen Ruolin of China is a four-time Olympic champion after proving to be a dominant force within the women’s Platform events.
Her first Olympic gold came at her home Games in Beijing with victories in both individual and synchro events.
She became the first female Chinese diver to hold titles at the Olympics, World Cup and World Championships and in total she has won five World titles, with the most recent coming in Barcelona in the Platform synchro event.
Wu Minxia is the first female diver to win Olympic gold at three consecutive Games winning her first title in 2004 and will be a tough person to beat in the 3m Springboard event.
Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding will be back in London after winning gold in the 10m Synchro at the World Championships in 2013 and will be aiming to continue their consistency ahead of the World Cup in Shanghai this summer.
Other members of the British team alongside Tom Daley in London will include Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow who, like Daley, compete in the 10m Platform events.
Chris Mears and Jack Laugher make up the 3m Synchro pairing, with Laugher also competing in the 3m Individual.
Diving fans will be able to see live coverage of the final session of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series from the London Aqautics Centre on Sky Sports.
Starting at 5.30pm on Sunday, April 27, Sky Sports will broadcast live coverage of the final session of the event which will showcase the women’s and men’s 10m Platform events.
The two events are expected to include Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, Olympic finalist Tonia Couch and World Championship finalist Sarah Barrow.
The two-and-a-half hour programme on Sky Sports 3, presented by Rachel Wyse with commentary from Bob Ballard and Leon Taylor, will also feature highlights from the first two days of competition.
Fans will also be able to follow live text updates of every session at the London Aquatics Centre via the British Swimming website, plus there will be regular updates via the British Swimming Twitter feed.
Sunday 27th April
FINA / NVC Diving World Series: London
LIVE: 5.30pm-8.00pm Sky Sports 3