Première and World Championship rehearsal at once
After the introduction of annual European Diving Championships, the federations of Italy and Germany both hosted the championships twice in those years when the events were organized separately. Turin welcomed the divers in 2009 and 2011, Rostock in 2013 and 2015. But now it’s the turn of Ukraine’s capital Kiev to carry out the 13 diving events. Apart from the European Masters Championships in 2011 in Ukraine – when the diving events were already organized in Kiev – it will be the first championships in the country that celebrated its independence on August 24, 1991.
At the same time, the championships this year serve as the last rehearsal for the European diving elite ahead of the World Championships to be staged in Budapest (HUN) on July 14-30. With Germany, Russia and host Ukraine, three nations have entered divers for all 13 events in Kiev. A total of 23 nations out of the 52 LEN Member Federations will take part, one more than last year when the championships were held together with the swimming and synchronised swimming events in the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London.
Three of the 2016 winners will be aboard to defend their respective titles in Kiev: local hero Illya Kvasha from Ukraine in the 1m springboard, Evgeny Kuznetsov (Russia) in the 3m springboard as well as Victor Minibaev and Nadezhda Bazhina (Russia) in the team event.
After the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a number of top divers have ended their active careers. Perhaps above all stands Tania Cagnotto who will be missed by many. The Italian diva, together with Francesca Dallapè earned eight consecutive titles in the 3m synchro event. Tania is the most successful female diver at the European Diving Championships with 20 titles to her name since 2002 (with additional five silver and four bronze medals). She said goodbye to the sport at the national Italian diving championships in May in Turin. Shortly ahead of that, her partner Francesca Dallapè gave birth to her daughter Ludovica.
In terms of success in succession, Germany’s Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding even outdid the Italians by earning nine straight wins in the synchro platform event. While Hausding has entered the 1m and 3m springboard event, the synchronised 3m as well as the team event in Kiev, the active career of Sascha Klein is approaching to its end. Klein will compete with Hausding in the platform event at the World Championships in Budapest. With a total of 13 gold, eleven silver and three bronze medals to his name since the 2008 Europeans, Hausding is currently the most successful European Championship participant.
A short trip into history reveals that diving events are part of the competition programme since the première of the European Aquatics Championships. At the very first edition in Budapest in 1926, only men competed in the 3m springboard and platform events. One year later in Bologna, women could enter the same events. The women’s and men’s synchronised events were included to the competition programme in Seville in 1997 while the team event celebrated its official première in Eindhoven 2012. Last year in London, finally, the mixed platform synchro and mixed 3m synchro events were officially introduced.
In Kiev, the competition starts on 12 July, each final can be followed on the LEN website (www.len.eu) through free live streaming.
Monday, June 12, 2017
17.00 hrs Team Event – Final
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10.00 hrs 10m Platform Women – Preliminary
16.30 hrs Mixed Synchro 3m – Final
18.00 hrs 10m Platform Women – Final
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
10.00 hrs 1m Springboard Men – Preliminary
16.30 hrs Synchronised 10m Platform Women – Final
18.00 hrs 1m Springboard Men – Final
Thursday, June 15, 2017
10.00 hrs 3m Springboard Women – Preliminary
16.30 hrs Synchronised 10m Platform Men – Final
18.00 hrs 3m Springboard Women – Final
Friday, June 16, 2017
10.00 hrs 3m Springboard Men – Preliminary
16.30 hrs Mixed synchro 10m Platform – Final
18.00 hrs 3m Springboard Men – Final
Saturday, June 17, 2017
10.00 hrs 1m Springboard Women – Preliminary
16.30 hrs Synchronised 3m Men – Final
18.00 hrs 1m Springboard Women – Final
Sunday, June 18, 2017
10.00 hrs 10m Platform Men – Preliminary
16.30 hrs Synchronised 3m Women – Final
18.00 hrs 10m Platform Men – Final