Nadezhda Bazhina.

Russian Nadezhda Bazhina lands on back at Rio Olympics in 'calamitous' dive

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Diving has probably been one of the most talked about sports so far during the Rio Olympics.

We’ve seen some incredible dives - particular from Chinese athletes - while Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won Great Britain’s first Olympic gold in the sport.

Whilst we’ve seen the sublime, we’ve also seen the ridiculous - and we’re not just talking about diving.


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With the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre being an open air venue, the water in both pools has turned a nasty shade of green. It certainly makes the diving look less aesthetically pleasing.

However, during Nadezhda Bazhina’s dive on Friday night, it didn’t matter if the water was blue, green or pink - there was no way her dive could be made to look any better.

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That’s because the Russian athlete made a right mess of her 3-metre springboard dive during the preliminary rounds.

Bazhina appeared to jump right on the corner of the board and couldn’t generate the height needed for her dive, resulting in her landing on her back. It looked pretty painful.

BBC commentator Leon Taylor explained what happened.

"So what happened is Bazhina's landed with basically one foot on the board, the other one has slipped right off the side, and that's killed her take-off. No height,” he said whilst commentating.

"Wow. That's calamitous."


It certainly was calamitous as the Russian was given a score of 0.0 from all judges. Ouch.

Rather unsurprisingly, Bazhina failed to qualify for the semi-final of the event with Canada’s Jennifer Abel taking first place, while Chinese duo He Zi and Shi Tingmao came second and third respectively.

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