Ilya Zakharov

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Ilya Zakharov
Personal information
Full name Ilya Leonidovich Zakharov
Nationality Russian
Born (1991-05-02) 2 May 1991 (age 25)
Leningrad, Russia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Country  Russia
Sport Diving
Event(s) 3 m, 3 m synchro

Ilya Leonidovich Zakharov (Russian: Илья Леонидович Захаров; born 2 May 1991) is a Russian diver. He is the 2012 Olympics gold medalist in 3 metre Springboard


Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Zakharov at the 2016 Olympics


In 2007, Zakharov debuted in international tournament in diving at the Lambertz-Printenspringen in Germany where he won gold in 10m Springboard, a pair of silver medal with Evgeny Kuznetsov 3m Springboard Synchro and a bronze in 3m springboard.

In 2008, Zakharov won gold in 10m Springboard at the Cup of Russia. He scored 456.70 points ahead of compatriot Victor Minibaev who scored 449.25. At the 2008 European Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus, he won two gold medals (1m Springboard and 10m Platform) and a pair of silver medal with Igor Koryakin in 3m Synchro Springboard. At the 2008 Junior World Championship, he won a pair of bronze medal with Igor Koryakin in 3m Synchro Springboard and silver medal in individual behind Chinese diver Wang Jihan.


In 2009, at the fourth stage of the Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada, Zakharov and Kuznetsov won the silver medal in 3m synchro springboard and in Budapest, Hungary at the European Youth Championships He won three gold medals, in individual events ( 3m Springboard and 10m Platform) as well as in 3m synchro springboard with Victor Minibaev.

In 2010, at the Rostov-on-Don Grand Prix in diving, Zakharov and Minibaev won the bronze medal and in Montreal, Canada at the Grand Prix in diving athlete paired with Evgeny Kuznetsov won the bronze medal in synchronized diving three-meter springboard. At the World Cup in Guangzhou, China, Zakharov and Minbaev won silver in synchronized diving behind Chinese divers Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan.

In 2011, at the World Championships, Zakharov won the silver medal in 3m Springboard and a pair of silver medal with Kuznetsov in 3m Spring Synchro.

In 2012, [1] he won the Olympic Gold medal in the Men's 3 metre springboard defeating Chinese divers Qin Kai and He Chong. He also won the silver medal in the Men's synchronized 3 metre springboard and competed in the Men's synchronized 10 metre platform.[2] Zakharov was awarded the FINA Male Diver of the Year of 2012.

In 2013, Zakharov won gold medal at the 2013 European Championships in 3 m Springboard and 3m Spring Synchro.

In 2016, Zakharov attempted to defend his Olympic gold medal in the Men's 3 metre springboard, but did not advance past the semifinal round after a failed dive that resulted in a score of zero.[3]


  1. ^ "Ilya Zakharov". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  2. ^ BBC Sport Profile
  3. ^ "Olympic Flops: Rio's Worst Dives". NBCUniversal Media. August 16, 2016. 
Preceded by
China Qiu Bo
FINA Male Diver of the Year
Succeeded by
China He Chong