Ahmad Amsyar Azman got more than zero points for his dive, but that’s just about the only thing positive that the Malaysian can take away from his disastrous jump that will undoubtedly end up on Olympic blooper reels for years to come.
Earlier in the Olympics, Russia’s Nadezha Bazhina managed to get a score of zero on a back flop, so Azman can objectively say his dive wasn’t the worst of the Rio Olympics, but it was certainly close. He finished with a score of 9.75, tanking his overall score and leaving him in last place in the men’s three-meter springboard preliminary.
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His six-dive total of 341.70 was 58.20 points behind the 18th place finisher, Ilia Zakharov, who earned the last spot in the semifinals with a score of 389.90. That means Azman would’ve needed a score of 68.00 to pass Zakharov and move on to the next round — a completely realistic score for the Malaysian to reach after entering the round in 12th place with scores of 73.10 and 72.20 on two of his earlier dives.
But instead his attempt at a forward two-and-a-half somersault with three twists went off the rails from the start when he jumped off the right side of the board. The 23-year-old landed face first and his Olympics ended with the dive.
A year ago, Azman earned his second Southeast Asia Games gold medal in the three-meter springboard, presumably finishing well ahead of a pair of Filipino divers who had some comically bad dives of their own.
This time it was Azman’s mistake that proved costly.