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Diver Oliver Dingley advances to semi-final of men's 3m springboard

The Harrowgate native saved his best dive of the day for last to qualify in 13th position.

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OLIVER DINGLEY CREATED history tonight by becoming the first Irish diver to qualify for an Olympic semi-final.

The 23-year-old produced the goods when he needed to. Sitting in 16th position after five of the six rounds completed, Dingley scored 78.20 for his final dive of the session, which saw him move up to 13th place overall.

It was his best dive of the night as he executed the back 2½ somersault 1½ twists from the pike position with excellent skill.

Dingley, who was born in England but qualifies for Ireland through his Cork grandmother, will line out in the semi-final tomorrow which gets under way from 14.00.

With 12 spots up for grabs in tomorrow night’s final, Dingley will be looking to move up the order tomorrow afternoon.

It is Dingley’s first Games and he is the first diver to represent Ireland at the Olympics since 1948.

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