2012 Olympic Games: Diver Stephan Feck Makes Epic Splash (video)

Craig ChristopherAnalyst IAugust 7, 2012

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 16:  Stephan Feck of Germany competes in the Men's 1m Springboard preliminary round during Day One of the 14th FINA World Championships at the Oriental Sports Center on July 16, 2011 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately the IOC has been pretty vigilant shutting down YouTube video of these Games hence the video link no longer works - sorry! You can view it at the NineMSN website if you still want a look.

German three-metre springboard diver Stephan Feck yesterday made the highlight reels by sensationally delivering what ranks as one of the worst dives in Olympic history.

Feck was attempting a three-and-a-half-somersault dive in the pike position when things went horribly wrong.

He came perilously close to missing the board after his hurdle and landed off-balance on the corner of the board, launching him out of control into a dive that could only end in disaster.

And so it did.

As he started to rotate, it quickly became apparent that things weren’t going to end well, and he hit the water flat on his back with the sickening slap that always comes accompanied by extreme pain.

We have all—at some point or other—performed a graceless bellywhacker when entering a pool, the pain of which can be excruciating.

Add to that the emotional pain that must come from doing it in front of an audience of, say, a billion people, and you have some idea what this poor guy must have experienced.

To add just a little bit more insult to injury, the judges were left with no option but to give Feck a zero score, as it was an incomplete dive.

Feck did show tremendous courage by waving away helpers and completing his next dive before withdrawing from the competition.



Not that Feck was the only one to experience the indignity of a zero score.

Rising British star Jack Laugher also scored zero for delivering what Sportal.com.au described as "'knee-buckling' off the board and landing legs first.” The admirably named Laugher, who was ranked seventh coming into the competition, failed to make the next round.

Even one of the normally flawless Chinese divers got in on the act: Qin Kai scored 3.5s for a less-than-perfect effort.

Still, Laugher and Qin know that their efforts will be soon forgotten thanks to Feck’s mishap.