Tokyo 2020 a step closer for British divers

6 Jan 2020

Olympic year is upon us - and that means Tokyo 2020 just got a step closer. The Games are taking place between July 24th and August 9th this year, and they will provide the primary focus for Britain's leading divers as they look to prove their quality and compete for success on the biggest sporting stage of them all.

So what lies in store between now and the Women's Synchronized 3m Springboard Final - the first Olympic diving event at this summer's Games? 

We do not have long to wait before seeing our elite athletes in competitive action, with the British Diving Championships taking place in Plymouth between January 24th and January 26th. 

You can be there to witness the showcase of Britain's diving talent as the focus turns firmly to Tokyo, with tickets for the event available HERE.

February brings with it the start of the FINA Diving World Series, with the first leg taking place in Montreal on February 28th and March 1st. 

Subsequent trips to Beijing and Kazan follow in that competition, before London again plays host to the finale at the London Aquatics Centre across the final weekend in March (March 27th - March 29th), with tickets for the event available HERE.

Grace Reid and Tom Daley London 2019
Grace Reid and Tom Daley starred at the London leg of the FINA Diving World Series in 2019

The 2019 edition of the series saw Jack Laugher and Tom Daley crowned overall champions in the Men's 3m Springboard and 10m Platform events respectively, while both Grace Reid and Matty Lee will be aiming to defend the gold medals they won in combination with Daley in London last year, in the Mixed 3m Synchro and Men's 10m Synchro contests respectively. 

Focus will switch from the seniors to the juniors at the start of April, when the British Elite Junior Diving Championships head to Plymouth (April 6th - 9th). 

The four-day competition will see the country's potential future stars battle it out for junior honours. 

Britain's top senior divers will then get an insight into what could await them at the Olympic Games when Tokyo hosts the Diving World Cup between April 21st and 26th - the last major FINA competition before the Olympics.

In May, the LEN European Championships will take place in Budapest across the 18th-24th, with a young team having secured two silvers and four bronze at the 2019 Championships in Kiev.

Diving gets underway at the Games on July 26th with the Women's Synchro 3m Springboard event and culminates on the final day of competition, August 8th, with the Men's 10m Platform finale. 

In between then, Jack Laugher will hope to defend the Men's 3m Synchro title alongside Dan Goodfellow, with former Rio 2016 gold medal partner Chris Mears having retired from the sport in 2019. The final for that event takes place on July 29th.

We'll have build-up, updates and coverage from across all these events throughout an exciting 2020.