First qualifier Jonathan Chan finishes in 26th

Singapore diver Jonathan Chan in action during the men's 10m platform preliminary round at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Singapore diver Jonathan Chan in action during the men’s 10m platform preliminary round at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (PHOTO: Reuters/Antonio Bronic)

Reporting from Tokyo

TOKYO — He was the first Singapore athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. By some scheduling quirks, Jonathan Chan would also be the last Singapore athlete to begin his event in Tokyo.

On Friday (6 August) – two days before the Olympic closing ceremony – the diver finally took to the Tokyo Aquatics Centre for the men’s 10m platform preliminary round. 

The 24-year-old scored 311.15 points from six dives, placing him 26th out of 29 competitors in the event. With only the top 18 divers able to advance to the semi-final round, Chan was unable to progress in the competition. China’s Yang Jian was the top qualifier with 546.90 points.

Chan had qualified for the Tokyo Games back in September 2019, when he won gold in the men’s 10m platform event at the Asian Diving Cup. 

The achievement earned him the spot in Tokyo, as he also became the first Singaporean to qualify for an Olympic diving competition – a feat soon followed by Freida Lim, who competed in the women’s 10m platform event on Wednesday.

Originally a gymnast, Chan switched to diving after watching the sport during the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore in 2010. He eventually took part in diving at the second YOG in Nanjing in 2014.

He has won two silvers and three bronzes at the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games editions.

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