Colombia won its first ever gold medal in diving at the 2019 Pan American Games with a top performance in the men’s 3m springboard. In terms of Olympic qualification, only the winner is eligible to qualify their nation to the games. Should they have already previously qualified a quota or the nation has already achieved the maximum quota then the quota will not be used. Diving at the Pan American Games is currently being held in Lima, Peru from August 1st to August 5th 2019.
The preliminary round was briefly led by Michael Hixon of the United States before being overtaken by his compatriot Andrew Capobianco on the second dive. Capobianco held the lead until the last dive where a poor performance dropped him to third allowing Canada’s Philippe Gagne and Colombia’s Daniel Restrepo to finish top two with scores of 444.95 and 443.60 respectively.
The final saw multiple lead changes with Capobianco, Colombia’s Sebastian Morales and Gagne all holding the lead at one point. The gold medal was won by Restrepo whom had the best dive in three out of the last four dives to finish with a total score of 468.10. The silver and bronze medals were won by Mexico’s Juan Manuel Celaya (454.30) and Gagne (448.65) respectively.
The next opportunity for Pan American nations to qualify in this event will by at the Diving World Cup to be held in 2020. Diving continues tomorrow with medals being awarded in the men’s 10m platform and women’s 3m springboard.
Men’s 3m Springboard