Kuznetsov had a final performance that was on another level in the men’s 3m springboard to win gold at the 2019 European Championships. 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 European Championships is currently being held in Kiev, Ukraine from August 5th to August 11th 2019.
The preliminary round was initially led by Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov, but was overtaken by Great Britain’s James Heatly after the third dive. However, a relatively poor fifth and sixth dive pushed Heatly to third as Russia’s Nikita Shleikher took the lead after the sixth dive, finishing with a total of 423.30.
The final again saw Kuznetsov begin with the lead, but this time he was able to maintain it for the entire session, including a massive score of 100.70 for his final dive, finishing with a total of 499.45. This was 42.60 and 59.55 points ahead of Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Heatly respectively. As Kuznetsov had already qualified at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships the Olympic quota has been reallocated to the 2020 World Cup.
The next opportunity for European nations to qualify in this event will by at the Diving World Cup to be held in 2020. The European Diving Championships continues with the next event to award Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s 10m platform on Sunday.
Men’s 3m Springboard
* Reallocated to 2020 World Cup