Rio 2016: Nine things we know about Team Ireland diver Oliver Dingley
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Rio 2016: Nine things we know about Team Ireland diver Oliver Dingley

Oliver Dingley is Ireland’s first Olympic diver in 68 years

The 23-year-old was born in Harrogate but qualifies for Team Ireland through the 'granny rule', with his grandmother hailing from Cork

He is just 5ft 5in and weighs 60kg

Dingley competed in the Great Britain Olympic trials for London 2012, finishing second, but unfortunately for him the diver who placed third was selected instead

He didn’t let it faze him though, with Dingley taking bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the three-metre springboard event

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He switched allegiance to represent Ireland later that year with Rio 2016 in mind

Ten days into Rio 2016, Dingley will face into the Preliminaries in the Men’s 3m Springboard – an outdoor event he hopes will last for two days, culminating with the finals on Tuesday, August 16

He has been dreaming of competing as a diver at the Olympics since the age of seven

Dingley is a big football fan, but still regards the Olympics as ‘bigger than the World Cup’