Belgrade 2024: Divers set to take to the boards in search of European glory

Published On: June 16, 2024

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The stage is set at the Serbian Institute for Sports and Sports Medicine as divers from across Europe get ready to light up the European Aquatics Championships Belgrade 2024 for seven days of action from 17-23 June.

With the Olympic Games getting underway in just over a month’s time, and the European Junior Diving Championships also on the horizon, the competition will be the best opportunity for the athletes competing to achieve success on the senior continental stage as a busy season of summer aquatic sport continues.

As has become customary at the Championships, it will once again be the Mixed Team Event which will kick off proceedings on the first day.

The event features representation from five countries, including Ukraine, silver medallists in Rome two years ago, and gold-medal winners at the 2023 European Games in Krakow last year.

The next day sees the first individual medals of the competition, with the Women’s 1m Springboard taking centre stage.

With preliminary sessions for all the individual events, the 21 athletes will be looking to make it through the first round in the morning to then vie for a spot on the podium later in the day.

Sweden’s Emilia Nilsson Garip will be one of the favourites for gold having claimed three European medals last year.

The Mixed Synchro Platform final will see Spain, Germany and Ukraine fight for their spot in the pecking order on that occasion.

Attention then turns to the Women’s 10m Platform featuring 16 athletes.

Ukraine will continue to be a real threat in that event with two divers including Sofiya Lyskun, silver medallist at Roma 2022, returning to try and go one better.

The Mixed 3m Synchro is one of the more hotly-contested synchro events on the programme.

It will see the return of 2022 champion Lou Massenberg of Germany who will team up with Jana Lisa Rother in Belgrade.

As the competition reaches the halfway stage, the Men’s 1m Springboard gets underway.

Seventeen-year-old prodigy Matteo Santoro of Italy will be one to watch in both the 1m and 3m, as the World Junior champion in both events lines up individually at a major senior competition for the first time.

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Day four also features the Women’s 3m Synchro, which will see eight teams competing for the medals – including last year’s European Games champions, Desharne Bent-Ashmeil and Amy Rollinson of Great Britain.

The women return to the springboard on day five for the Women’s 3m Springboard heats and finals.

The event is one of the few that doesn’t have any medallists from the previous two years featuring in the same event, bar Garip, so there’s a great opportunity for athletes to write their own history.

One of those athletes looking to do just that is Germany’s Lotti Hubertwho spoke to European Aquatics about her hopes for Belgrade 2024, two years after becoming World Junior champion.

Eight teams will contest the Men’s 10m Synchro with Ukraine’s Kirill Boliukh looking to add to his European Games title.

Day six features some of the most competitive events, with the Men’s 3m Springboard following suit from the 1m with the highest number of entries.

The French pairing of Jules Bouyer and Alexis Jandard, who took silver and bronze respectively in 2023, will both be looking to move up the podium this time round.

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The Women’s 10m Synchro, with both the Ukrainian (Lyskun and Ksennia Bailo) and Spanish (Valeria Antolino and Ana Carvajal) teams amongst the favourites.

Sixteen athletes will compete for medals in the Men’s 10m Platform on the final day.

Great Britain’s Robbie Lee and Ben Cutmore have both claimed medals in one of the two previous European competitions and will be looking to do so again this time round.

Serbia’s Aleksa Teofilović will be flying the flag for the host nation in the competition and will also be the youngest athlete competing in the sixteen-strong event.

Ten teams will feature in the Men’s 3m Synchro as the competition draws to a close.

Last year’s European Games champions Oleh Kolodiy and Danylo Konovalov of Ukraine will be one of the favourites for the gold following their previous performances.