Brazil 2016: Diving Preview

Rio 2016 Olympics Diving preview
Event Diving
Men’s 10m Platform Qui Bo ($2.30)
Men’s 3m Springboard Best: Laura Asadauskalite ($5.00)
Value: 
Qian Chen ($15.00)
Men’s Synchronized 10m Platform Best: Qi Bo ($2.30)
Value: David Dinsmore ($41.00)
Men’s Synchronized 3m Springboard Best: China ($1.20)
Value: Germany ($7.50)
Women’s 10m Platform Best: Ren Qian ($1.80)
Value: Melissa Wu ($8.00)
Women’s 3m Springboard Best: He Zi ($2.60)
Value: Jennifer Abel ($9.00)
Women’s Synchronized 10m Platform Best: China ($1.10)
Women’s Synchronized 3m Springboard Best: China ($1.12)
Value: Canada ($11.00)

Olympics: Diving

The Wolf previews all eight diving events for Rio 2016.

Men’s 10m Platform
Best: Qi Bo ($2.30)
Value: David Dinsmore ($41.00)
Bo won the silver in London and hits Rio in good form with a dominant win at the World Cup in February. This is a race in two with favourite Aisen Chen. American David Dinsmore won the bronze at the World Cup and is overs at $41 despite not showing anything on the World Series stage since.

Men’s 3m Springboard
Best: He Chao ($2.25)
Value: Rommel Pacheco ($9.00)
The Chinese again have the two favourites here in He Chao and Cao Yuan. Cao has certainly done more this year but He is the 2015 Male Diver of the Year and he would be taking a more considered approach. There is some value around Rommel Pacheco, who won gold at the World Cup. The veteran is 30 now and is on the downswing of his career but can still feature.

Men’s Synchronized 10m Platform
Best: China ($1.20)
Value: n/a
China have won the last three gold medals, won the World Cup gold and have won every World Series event this year. It would take a disaster to get beat.

Men’s Synchronized 3m Springboard
Best: China ($1.20)
Value: Germany ($7.50)
China have won the gold in this event at 3 of the 4 Olympic Games it has been on offer and they have the best duo here. They have encountered few challenges on the World Series circuit so should be winning. If there is any danger it is Germany, who won the gold at the World Cup.

Women’s 10m Platform
Best: Ren Qian ($1.80)
Value: Melissa Wu ($8.00)
China have won the last two gold medals for the women’s 10m and should make it three straight with Ren Qian, who has been near unstoppable on the circuit this year winning at Windsor and Kazan in the last two events. Australia’s Melissa Wu is the best hope of a green and gold medal in the diving ranks, placing third in two of the four World Series events.

Women’s 3m Springboard
Best: He Zi ($2.60)
Value: Jennifer Abel ($9.00)
Shi Tingmao won the World Cup event earlier in the year and is the reigning FINA Female Diver of the Year but the value in this is certainly her compatriot He Zi at around $2.60. He claimed gold at both Kazan and Windsor and was the silver medallist four years ago. Looks a great price. Jennifer Abel from Canada is probably best of the rest after bronzing at the World Cup and placing in two of the four World Series events.

Women’s Synchronized 10m Platform
Best: China ($1.10)
Value: n/a
China won seven golds at London and are chasing eight here. And if they are certainties in any event it is the women’s synchronized 10m. China have never lost this event at the Olympics since it was introduced in 2000.

Women’s Synchronized 3m Springboard
Best: China ($1.12)
Value: Canada ($11.00)
China should not be challenged here with Shi Tingmao and veteran Wu Minxia, who is looking to become the first woman to win four straight Olympic golds. This tandem has won the last two world champs. The Canadians look the best of the rest but are racing for silver only.

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