Diving guide - London 2012 Olympic Games

Your guide to diving ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

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Converted: Jaw-dropping acrobatics made to look easy.

Confused: Annoying children showing off in a swimming pool.

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Diving - The essential guide

Street cred: Diving is definitely down with the kids. The average age of gold medallists in Beijing was 18 and most divers are spent by their mid-twenties; it's kind of the sporting equivalent of One Direction.

Who’s good? China – it won seven out of eight events in 2008.

The basics: Divers compete individually, or in pairs for the synchronised events, at two heights: 3m and 10m.

Athlete to watch: Anyone Chinese, particularly Beijing 2008 double gold-medal winner Chen Roulin.

Not to be confused with: The thing your aunt did on holiday in Sharm el Sheikh.

As seen in: Luc Besson’s ‘The Big Blue’ (1988), which is about leaping into the sea rather than the pool.

Almost useless fact: The highest dive ever was 52.4m (172ft), set by Dana Kunze.

Do say: ‘Now that's what I call a double-back somersault pike, bravo!’

Don't say: ‘Where’s his snorkel?’