When it comes to visually impressive sports, there are few that match the sheer grace of diving.
The sport has two main categories – springboard and platform – with competitors displaying their expertise at heights of 1m, 3m, and 10m.
When betting, always remember it is as much a psychological as a physical test. The best diver in the world must possess the timing and confidence to ensure he enters the water vertically with the minimum of the splash.
Diving Betting strategy
Like many water sports, diving is focused on the big championships with this year’s worlds and next year’s Olympics the target for the sport’s elite. They also have the added incentive of the current grand prix season which runs until November.
If you’re looking for odds on the grand prix events then you will need to contact your betting provider for prices. When familiarising yourself with the grand prix results focus your attention on the consistent performers rather than those producing a rare outstanding dive.
Also particularly note those who score well at events around the globe rather than ‘home’ performers who peak only in their own countries.
The single winning bet is the most popular but you are unlikely to find particularly attractive odds on the sport’s big names. With the technical difficulties involved, especially in the synchronized dives, you may gamble on favorites‘ messing up’. A bet on a second favorite known for consistency may offer more attractive odds and be a safer bet.
Upcoming Diving events to bet on
The world championships in South Korea this summer will offer a good guide to those who are likely to be battling for gold next year in Tokyo.
Along with the 3m and 10m springboard and platform, the world championships offer an additional springboard event at 1m. They also have synchronized events for a male and female team and a high diving discipline – 27m for men and 20m for women.
USA star David Boudia is very much an Olympics performer and the four-time medalist is targeting the 3m springboard at Tokyo 2020. He is also hoping to take on the 3m synchronized event with Steele Johnson, the pair claiming silver in the 10m platform at Rio 2016.
The Chinese are sure to be in the medals in Korea and Tokyo with the likes of Zhang Peng and Zhang Wenao pushing for honors. China also dominates in women’s diving picking up all four golds in Rio and three out of five at the 2017 world championships in Hungary.
Where to bet on diving 2020 Olympics: odds and sportsbooks
Betting sites such as BetAmerica and PointsBet will offer odds for the diving world championships and 2020 Olympics. If you can’t find the event or bet you want then ask your betting provider – other odds can be made available on request.
Photo by Francisco Jesús Navarro