The first event of the International Swimming Federation’s Diving World Cup season is set to begin tomorrow in Berlin. It will be hosted alongside a Swimming World Cup for the first time at the exact location.
Diving platforms and springboards will join the aquatics party in Berlin, which will host the FINA Diving World Cup during the same extended October weekend as the FINA Swimming World Cup 2022 series opening.
FINA and the German Swimming Federation are pleased to announce that Berlin will host the FINA Diving World Cup from October 20-23, marking yet another milestone in this year’s global aquatics sports events calendar.
Another first for the event at the SSE Swimming and Diving Hall is the lack of semi-finals in the individual circumstances, with divers progressing directly from preliminaries to finals.
Preliminaries for the women’s and men’s three-meter springboards and the women’s and men’s 10m platforms are scheduled for tomorrow.
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2022 Diving World Cup Berlin Preview:
The German capital will be the beating center of aquatics sport, as it will also host the first round of the FINA Swimming Diving World Cup series, which will take place from October 21 to 23.
“Having Berlin as the host city for the FINA Diving World Cup is an excellent way to round up this year’s global diving calendar while also celebrating the sport with the larger aquatics community,” said FINA President Husain Al-Musallam.
“We constantly search for ways to improve the event experience for our athletes, fans, and hosts.” Bringing together several aquatics events helps local organizers optimize resources, viewers have additional viewing options, and diverse disciplines of our aquatic community can interact.”
There will also be competing in synchro and team events, with some divers competing in both individual and team competitions.
Timo Barthel of Germany has entered four events, and Katrina Young of the United States has joined three.
China is sending the most athletes, and there will be some intriguing rivalries and partnerships.
Quan Hongchan and Chen Yuxi are due to compete against each other in the women’s 10m platform final on Saturday (October 22), a day after teaming up in the women’s 10m synchro competition.
Meanwhile, for the men, Cao Yuan, who has five Olympic medals to his name, including 10m platform gold from Tokyo 2020, is expected to be one of the main attractions in Friday’s men’s 3m springboard final (October 21).
A day later, he joined forces with another Chinese diver and Tokyo 2020 gold medalist in synchro Wang Zongyuan.
Individual event winners will receive $6,000 (£5,300/€6,140), second-place finishers will receive $5,000 (£4,450/€5,120), and third-place finishers will receive $4,000 (£3,560/€4,000), with the exact sums given to the top three in both synchro and team competitions.
The first leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup is set to begin on October 21 at the same site, with 12 finals scheduled.
Germany has a long history of hosting elite aquatic events.
Germany has a lengthy history of hosting FINA events, notably hosting the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Rostock for 20 consecutive years (2001-2020).
While this is the first time Berlin has hosted a separate FINA diving event, the city has hosted the third FINA World Championships in 1978 and the Olympic Games in 1936, as well as 19 editions of the FINA Swimming World Cup.
A new four-day competition program has been announced, featuring nine medal events and a significant prize purse.
The Diving World Cup is FINA’s method of recognizing divers and providing them with yet another opportunity to compete globally, garnering excellent media exposure for athletes and the sport while offering significant prize money.
The entire prize purse for the Berlin event is USD 159,000, distributed to the top six solo competitions and the top three places in the synchro and team events.
The Berlin event will emphasize innovation and readiness to test new event forms and concepts. Berlin’s competition structure has been changed compared to past FINA competitions to provide a shorter event that allows more competitors to compete.
Four solo events (Men 3m Springboard and 10m Platform; Women 3m Springboard and 10m Platform), four synchronized events (Men Synchro 3m and 10m; Women Synchro 3m and 10m), and a team event will be held in Berlin.
The FINA Diving World Cup allows divers to demonstrate their skills worldwide, highlighting the athletes’ brilliance and hard work in perfecting their professions while also putting prize money on the line to push them. The top six finishers in the solo events and the top three in synchronized events will share a $159,000 purse this year.
This tournament will also allow FINA to test a new format over four days with nine medal events. While the event will be shorter, the form will allow more athletes to compete. Four individual events (Men 3m Springboard and 10m Platform; Women 3m Springboard and 10m Platform), four synchronized events (Men Synchro 3m and 10m; Women Synchro 3m and 10m), and a team event will be held in Berlin.