LONDON — Reigning United States champion Chris Colwill had a tough start to his second day at the London 2012 Olympics and did not make the men’s 3-meter springboard diving finals.
Colwill missed one dive and failed to score on another as he placed 18th on Tuesday at the Olympic Aquatic Centre.
Colwill scored 339.80 points on six dives in Tuesday’s semifinal round. He had 310.9 points in his first four dives but missed his fifth for 29.9 points. He did not get any points for his sixth and final dive.
“Instead of going with the aggressive attitude, I told myslef not to do something, which you should never do,” Colwill told The Associated Press. “Just played it too safe. … (On the fifth dive), I just kind of zoned out. I stood on the board for too long. It was a freak accident and just happened at the wrong time.
“(On the sixth dive), I went with the attitude of 100 points or no points, and I guess I got the no points.”
Colwill is a two-time Olympian and took first in the United States Olympic Team Trials in the 3-meter event in June. He was a three-time NCAA diving champion during his Georgia career.
He has said he will retire from competitive diving after the London Games.
Russia’s Ilya Zakharov won gold with 555.90 points while China’s Kai Qin took silver and China’s Chong He took bronze.
The United States’ highest finisher was Troy Dumais, who was fifth with 498.35 points.