Ilya Zakharov.

Ilya Zakharov lands on his face during 'dismal' dive

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After winning a diving gold in the London Olympics, Russia diver Ilya Zakharov would have fancied his chances in Brazil.

However, the 25-year-old clipped the 3m board on his way down during his first preliminary dive, meaning he had a lot of do in today’s semi-final.

Maybe it was that pressure that got to Zakharov as he performed possibly the worst dive ever seen at an Olympic Games.


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He got it completely wrong and ended up landing face first into the water, created a large splash. It was a mess and BBC commentator, Leon Taylor, branded the dive as ‘dismal’.

All of the seven judges obviously agreed with all of them giving him a score of 0.0.

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Take a look at the awful dive below:

Unsurprisingly, Zakharov finished bottom of the 18 divers with just 345.60 points.

Team GB’s Jack Laugher, who won gold alongside Chris Mears in the synchronised three-metre springboard last week, finished 12th with 389.40 points to ensure he qualified for the final.

China’s Cao Yuan led the rankings with a score of 489.10 and the final will take place on Tuesday.


Zakharov isn’t the only diver to have an absolute nightmare at the Rio Olympics. In fact, he isn’t the only Russian diver to score 0.0 from all of the judges.

That’s because Nadezhda Bazhina produced a similarly awful attempt last week. 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.

Take a look at her terrible dive:

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."

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