How Tall Are Male Divers? Average Height of Olympic Diving Champions

How Tall Are Male Divers? Average Height of Olympic Diving Champions. Now that you know the average height of male gymnasts (those who won an Olympic gold medal anyway), let’s also check out their counterparts in the equally competitive sport of platform diving. How do they stand in comparison to their gymnastic bros?

Are male divers shorter or taller on average than male gymnasts? Who is the most recent tallest (or shortest) man to ever win an Olympic diving medal? To answer these questions we are going to take a look at the divers who won the gold, silver, and medal in the Olympic Games from the year 2000 onwards.

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10 metre platform GOLD medal winners:
2000 Sydney, Tian Liang (CHN) – 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
2004 Athens, Hu Jia (CHN) – 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
2008 Beijing, Matthew Mitcham (AUS) – 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
2012 London, David Boudia (USA) – 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)

10 metre platform SILVER medal winners:
2000 Sydney, Hu Jia (CHN) – 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
2004 Athens, Mathew Helm (AUS) – 170 ccm (5 ft 7 in)
2008 Beijing, Zhou L├╝xin (CHN) – 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
2012 London, Qiu Bo (CHN) – 161 cm (5 ft 3.4 in)

10 metre platform BRONZE medal winners:
2000 Sydney, Dmitri Sautin (RUS) – 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
2004 Athens, Tian Liang (CHN) – 168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
2008 Beijing, Gleb Galperin (RUS) – 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
2012 London, Tom Daley (GBR) – 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)

3 metre springboard springboard GOLD medal winners:
2000 Sydney, Xiong Ni (CHN) – 166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
2004 Athens, Peng Bo (CHN) – 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
2008 Beijing, He Chong (CHN) – 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
2012 London, Ilya Zakharov (RUS) – 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)

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3 metre springboard springboard SILVER medal winners:
2000 Sydney, Fernando Platas (MEX) – 164 cm, (5 ft 5 in)
2004 Athens, Alexandre Despatie (CAN) – 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
2008 Beijing, Alexandre Despatie (CAN) – see above
2012 London, Qin Kai (CHN) – 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)





3 metre springboard springboard BRONZE medal winners:
2000 Sydney, Dmitri Sautin (RUS) – 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
2004 Athens, Dmitri Sautin (RUS) – 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
2008 Beijing, Qin Kai (CHN) – 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
2012 London, He Chong (CHN) – 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)

Synchronized 10 metre platform gold medal winners:
2000 Sydney, Igor Lukashin and Dmitri Sautin (RUS) – 171 cm (5 ft 7 in) and 176 cm (5 ft 9 in) respectively
2004 Athens, Tian Liang and Yang Jinghui (CHN) – 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) and 162 cm (5 ft 4 in) respectively
2008 Beijing, Lin Yue and Huo Liang (CHN) – 157 cm (5 ft 2 in) and 155 cm (5 ft 1 in) respectively
2012 London, Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan (CHN) – 160 cm (5 ft 3 in) and 158 cm (5 ft 2 in) respectively

Synchronized 3 metre springboard gold medal winners:
2000 Sydney, Xiong Ni and Xiao Hailiang (CHN) – 166 cm (5 ft 5 in) and 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) respectively
2004 Athens, Thomas Bimis and Nikolaos Siranidis (GRE) – 169 cm (5 ft 7 in) and 175 cm (5 ft 9 in) respectively
2008 Beijing, Wang Feng and Qin Kai (CHN) – 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) and 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) respectively
2012 London, Luo Yutong and Qin Kai (CHN) – 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) and 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) respectively

So what do we conclude from the above figures? That the shortest male diver to win an individual gold medal since the 2Ks is China’s Peng Bo who stands at 165 cm (5 ft 5 in). On the other hand, the tallest diver to bag an Olympic gold is Ilya Zakharov of Russia who’s height is recorded at 177 cm (5 ft 10 in) tall.

Meanwhile, the shortest diver to win a gold medal in an Olympic diving event is Huo Liang (155 cm or 5 ft 1 in) who paired with Lin Yue to win the Beijing gold in the 3 metre synchronized diving competition.

The average height of individual medalists, from the Sydney 2000 Olympics to the London 2012 Games, is 171 cm or (5 ft 7 in).

Note: Sources for the heights of Olympic divers mentioned above are wikipedia, china.org, sports-reference.com, bbc.com, foxsports.com, and diving.asn.au.