Italy's TOCCI crashes out of 3m springboard qualifying after calamitous jinxed dive
EDINBURGH - Italy’s Giovanni TOCCI failed to qualify for the 3m springboard event on Thursday after a calamitous fifth dive when he entered the water feet first at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.
TOCCI, who won the silver medal in the 1m springboard, was fourth after round one and looked capable of a place in Thursday afternoon’s final as one of the top 12 divers from six dives.
But he lost control of his penultimate dive - a reverse three and a half somersault tuck which was his hardest dive technically.
The effort was classified as a failed dive with zero points and TOCCI could finish only 20th from 28 competitors after his sixth dive.
The 23-year-old Italian suffered the same fate with exactly the same dive in the qualifying for the 3m springboard at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest.
Russian Ilia ZAKHAROV led the qualifying with 508.10 points, ahead of Britain’s Jack LAUGHER, the gold medallist in the 1m springboard, with 467.55, and Britain’s Daniel GOODFELLOW third on 415.70.
Germany’s European champion Patrick HAUSDING, who has been struggling with injury in Edinburgh, managed seventh place to qualify, but Oleg KOLIDIY, a gold medallist in the mixed team event on Monday, just missed out in 13th place.
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