The 17-year-old Mexican had a good turnout in the preliminaries but could not make it to the final. However, he has a whole way ahead.
The first Olympic Games for Osmar Olvera ended. The young Mexican diver finished in position number 14. Rommel Pacheco, for his part, entered the final in position number six. His first participation has left a pleasant taste in his mouth, despite the setback in the round before the medal fight. In the previous round, he remained in the rank of competitors who access the final. But in the semifinals, he could not repeat the location.
Still, in the penultimate round, Olvera arrived with a chance of reaching the final, adding a total of 308.75 points. But the circumstances were entirely over in the last round. Olvera couldn't find a place among the 12 finalists.
In the previous round, he had finished in position number nine with a score of 442.25. That good positioning made it possible for Osmar to go to the final and settle in the fight for medals.
The first dives were optimistic for Olvera. In the first two laps with two laps, he managed to get good grades (7.5). However, unlike the previous round, when he had a hesitant start and then settled in the qualifying positions, Osmar went from higher to lower in the semifinals. It started in the first place and gradually fell to the intermediate places of the table, insufficient to classify.
At the end of the first round of jumps, Olvera was tied with Rommel Pacheco (fifth and sixth places, respectively) in an optimistic scenario that seemed to replicate the excellent performance of both in the preliminaries. But in round two, things started to go wrong for Osmar. It came out of the top twelve to settle in 15th place with 124.50 points.
The bet on high degrees of difficulty ended up being counterproductive. From the fifth place, he went to 17 with 182.30 points accumulated in the third round. Without lowering his recklessness, he opted for a 3.5-degree dive in his penultimate outing, hoping that the jump could give him good grades and fight again to go to the final. Instead, the judges gave him rates of 5.5, with which he practically finished his chances of making it through the round.
Bravery was left over to Osmar. In the last round, he put all the cards on the table and threw his pin with the highest degree of difficulty: 3.9. But the execution fell short and earned a 6.5 rating. Finally, it was located in position 14, with 384.80 points. He has not made it to the final, but the Olympic experience adds a significant contribution to a fledgling career that will give much to talk about for years to come.
As often happens with athletes who reach high competition while still adolescents, blood plays a determining role. Osmar Olvera is the son of a gymnast and a football player. So it is no surprise that he has already competed against the best in the world at a young age.
Divers often choose the ten-meter platform as the starting point for their races. And they reserve the springboard for their later years when the physical demands have already passed them significant bills. Osmar has gone against the tide.
Rommel Pacheco, Olvera's partner in the Asian crossing, began his career in the distant 2004. At those Games held in Athens, Pacheco was 21 years old and participated in the ten-meter platform. Seventeen years away, Rommel not only seeks to hang a medal but to leave a school that sets the standard for Mexican diving in the coming years. By the nature of competition, Osmar and Rommel have been adversaries.