The sun rises on diving in Rome

15 Aug 2022

Today (Monday 15th August) brings the first of the scheduled diving action at the 2022 European Championships in Rome, with High Diving starting on Thursday 18th August.

Seven days of competition begins with the Mixed Team event competition (12pm BST), with Grace Reid, James Heatly, Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Noah Williams combining exactly one week on from their respective Mixed Synchro gold medals at Birmingham 2022.

A further 36 medals in total are on offer throughout the week with a programme that features the usual individual and synchro events for men and women from the 3m springboard and 10m platform, individual 1m springboard events, plus mixed 3m and 10m synchro contests - with BBC Sport providing live streamed coverage across every session of the outdoor event.

With Matthew Dixon withdrawn through injury from the 14-strong team named in July, fellow Dive London diver Kyle Kothari has travelled with the Great Britain team to Italy.

Lois Toulson and Kyle Kothari Mixed 10m Synchro B22 [Getty]
Lois Toulson and Kyle Kothari

Continuing a positive campaign competing alongside Ben Cutmore from the platform, and following a Commonwealth silver with Lois Toulson, the final major of the season is one Kothari is looking forward to, commenting:

“I’m delighted to be here with the team – coming straight from that Commonwealth Games silver medal last week into European’s with the chance to be part of both the men’s and mixed platform synchro events again, it’s a really nice way to round out the season. At the start of the year I didn’t expect to have the opportunity to do all of Calgary [FINA Grand Prix], Birmingham and Rome so I’m feeling really positive as to how 2022 has gone.

“Diving outdoors certainly presents a different challenge. The visual prompts you can rely on when comparing it to indoors aren’t as present, particularly when the sun is shining in a clear blue sky, but that’s something we’ve all been working on and adjusting to in training these past few day to prepare us for competition.”

(The full set of BBC live stream links for diving can be found here, with results and schedule here.)

Additionally Great Britain has two athletes flying the flag in the men’s High Diving event, with Aidan Heslop and Owen Weymouth beginning their campaign from 27m high platform on Thursday (18th August).

The discipline has been included on the FINA World Aquatics Championships programme since 2013, however the upcoming four rounds of dives over three days at the Foro Italico sporting facility in Rome will mark the events first inclusion in this format at a European Championships.

Aidan Heslop Abu Dhabi 2021 [Getty]
Aidan Heslop

Heslop comes into the contest on the back of his second Commonwealth Games for Team Wales and with a growing reputation as one of the best in the world after sealing the victory at last December’s FINA High Diving Qualifier with the most difficult dive ever attempted. Meanwhile Weymouth, the 2016 European 20m Platform Champion, has previously represented Great Britain at two World Championships with 16th his best placed finish to date.

(The LEN TV platform will provide coverage of the High Diving across 18-20th August with the full schedule available here.)

Details of how to follow the European Championships in full can be found on our website here.