Belgrade 2024: Five things to know about the history of diving at the European Aquatics Championships

Published On: June 15, 2024

Credit to:  European Aquatics

With action set to run at the European Aquatics Championships Belgrade 2024 from 17-23 June, we take a look at the history of diving at the European Championships.

1.) The diving programme was included in the first European Championships in 1926, with Germany’s Arthur Mund and Hans Luber taking the Men’s 3m Springboard and Platform titles respectively, the only two events on the schedule in Budapest. At 33, Luber claimed gold 14 years after silver in the same event at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. After his European title, he returned to the competition a year later in Bologna in the 10m Platform.

2.) The women’s programme was added to the Championships in Bologna a year later. Austria’s Klarna Bornett and Great Britain’s Isabelle White were the respective Women’s 3m Springboard and Platform winners. Like Luber, White had reached the podium at Stockholm 1912 with bronze in the 10m Platform at the first of four Olympics for the Briton.

3.) Tom Daley became the youngest European champion in either swimming or diving when he won the 10m Platform at Eindhoven 2008. The Briton was 13 years and 10 months old when he claimed the title in March of that year. He then became the second-youngest British Olympian when he competed at Beijing 2008 aged 14 years and three months. Daley will compete at his fifth Olympics in Paris next month, looking to add to his collection of four medals. In 2019 Oleksiy Sereda of Ukraine eclipsed Daley’s record when he won 10m Platform gold at the European Diving Championships at the age of 13 years and seven months, three months younger than the Briton.

Credit to: Aquatics GB

4.) Synchro was introduced to the programme at Sevilla 1997 with both the Women’s and Men’s 3m and 10m Synchro champions coming from Germany. Patrick Hausding won his first European gold in the 10m Synchro alongside Sascha Klein at Budapest 2010, the first of 17 titles. He retired in May 2022 after an illustrious career in which he won three Olympic, four World and 37 European medals.

5.) Tania Cagnotto claimed 20 European golds among a total of 29 medals between 2004 and 2016. The Italian was named European Aquatics Diver of the Year on seven occasions. Her compatriot Chiara Pellacani became the first person ever to win five diving medals at a single European Aquatics Championships, doing so on in her home city of Rome in 2022.

The European Aquatics Championships Belgrade 2024 will be followed by the European Aquatics Masters Championships Belgrade 2024 which will take place from 26 June to 6 July, featuring the same disciplines plus water polo.

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