High diving

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High diving is the act of diving into water from large or extreme heights. High diving can be done as an adventure sport (as with cliff diving), as a performance stunt (as with many records attempts), or competitively during sporting events. It recently debuted as a sport at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona.[1] Men jump from a 27 metres (89 ft) high platform while women jump from 20 metres (66 ft) platform.[2] High diving has been labeled a separate sport from regular diving by FINA.

The first female world champion in this sport was Cesilie Carlton of the USA who won with a total score of 211.60.[3][4]

World records for highest dive[edit]

There is considerable debate surrounding record claims for the highest dive, which largely revolves around what constitutes a valid dive.[5] The following is a list of dives that are contenders for the title.

Men[edit]

Date Place High diver Height Video Notes
1983 San Diego, California, USA United States Dana Kunze 52.4 m (172 ft) [6]
7 April 1985 Ocean Park Hong Kong United States Randy Dickison 53.2 m (174 ft 8 in) [7] Multiple fracture of the left leg
30 August 1987 Villers-le-Lac, France Switzerland Oliver Favre 53.9 m (177 ft) [8] Broke his back and had to be rescued from open water[9]
27 September 1997 Žďákovský most, Czech republic Czech Republic Rudolf Bok 58.28 m (191.207 ft) [10] Multiple fracture of thoracic vertebrae

Women[edit]

Date Place High diver Height Video Notes
1982 Rome, Italy United States Debi Boccia 33.3 m (109 ft 4 in)
7 April 1985 Ocean Park Hong Kong United States Lucy Wardle 36.8 m (120 ft 9 in) [7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adrega, Pedro; Chiarello, Sarah (29 July 2013). "High Diving, Day 1: Pure adrenalin in the port of Barcelona!". fina.org. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Byrnes, Liz (29 July 2013). "Daredevils take 27m plunge at 60mph as extreme diving makes world debut... and it's so dangerous you have to go feet first". The Mail. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "High Diving". BCN 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Iain (30 July 2013). "American Carlton takes inaugural high diving gold". Reuters. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  5. ^ lolajones (7 April 2009). "Seriously extreme diving – the High Diving record, Dana Kunze, and the Deep Diving record, Nuno Gomes". xtremesport4u.com. This article has seen more changes and corrections than any other on this site. It has been an ongoing debate almost, as to who exactly has the record for the highest dive in the world. 
  6. ^ YouTube: World Record Highest Dive (Dana Kunze 172 Foot High Dive Champion)
  7. ^ a b YouTube: World Record Highest Dives (Randy Dickison 174'8")
  8. ^ Olivier Favre - World Record Highest Dive - 177ft - 54 m
  9. ^ lolajones (7 April 2009). "Seriously extreme diving – the High Diving record, Dana Kunze, and the Deep Diving record, Nuno Gomes". xtremesport4u.com. Oliver Favre had to be rescued from the water after sustaining a serious injury as a result of the dive – he broke his back. 
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