Olympic Diving 2012: Previewing Saturday's Men's 10m Platform Final

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IAugust 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 25:  Diver Matthew Mitcham of Australia looks on as he stands on the platform during a training session ahead of the London Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park on July 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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The final event at the Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games concludes Saturday with the men's 10-meter platform diving finals. The semifinals take place at 5:00 a.m. ET, with the finals later on at 3:30 p.m. ET. 

Here's a quick preview of the 10-meter platform finals.


The defending champ: Matthew Mitcham, Australia 

Mitcham shocked the Olympic world when he stole gold away from the Chinese in Beijing. His final dive kept China from taking a clean sweep of the diving gold medals four years ago.

Now, Mitcham is in London to defend his gold-medal crown. Injuries have slowed Mitcham throughout much of the buildup to these Olympics, however, and he's not a strong favorite to capture gold again. 


The gold medal favorite: Qui Bo, China

It's his first Olympic Games, but 19-year-old Qui Bo appears ready to capture gold. He won gold at the World Championship in Beijing in 2011, and then won another gold at the 2012 World Cup in London.

The last year has seemingly been a build up to what many are expecting to be a gold-medal performance back in London Saturday. He's your early favorite. 


The American: David Boudia, USA

Boudia won bronze in Beijing, but not in the 10-meter platform. In these games, a bronze looks like a best case scenario for the American's best diver. Boudia did win silver at the 2011 World Championships, however. He'll need perfect dives to compete for silver again. 


The other contenders

Tom Daley (Great Britain): The 18-year-old should be the crowd favorite, and there's certainly a chance he could medal Saturday. Daley is a former world champion. 

Victor Minibaev (Russia): He's a veteran of the diving circuit, but it may take a performance out of this world for Minibaev to find the medal stand. 

Lin Yue (China): Yue is one of the better bets to secure a medal Saturday.