July 24 - August 9, 2015
Diving into water from extreme heights. Athletes perform dives from a tower on which special diving platforms are set up. Men jump from a 27-metre high platform while women jump from a 20-metre high platform.
Despite a seemingly long distance from a platform to water surface, divers are able to perform only a limited number of elements
A 27-metre platform is as tall as a 9-storey building
High diving was first included in the programme of the Barcelona 2013 FINA World Championships
During the 27-metre dive, an athlete passes last 19 metres in half a second
High diving has presumably evolved from cliff diving, i.e. diving from natural cliffs and rocks. In high diving, artificial constructions are used instead: platforms 20 or 27 metres high.
High diving as a sport was first introduced at the 20th FINA Technical Congress and was officially included in the programme of the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona. The first man to claim the gold was Orlando Duque, Colombia, the first woman – Cesilie Carlton, USA.
Two Russian athletes regularly take part in international high diving competitions: Artem Silchenko and Ilia Shchurov. Artem Silchenko is a celebrated Red Bull Cliff Diving Series champion. Ilia Shchurov is the 2013 European High Diving Championships bronze medallist. In August 2014, both athletes participated in the 1st FINA High Diving World Cup in Kazan.
In August 2014, Kazan hosted the 1st High Diving World Cup. The aim of the event was to promote the sport as well as to test the infrastructure and athletes before the 16th FINA World Championships 2015. 34 athletes representing 16 countries took part in the competition.