LBS- Malaysian diver Ahmad Amsyar Azman finished last in the preliminary round of the 3m springboard diving event at the Summer Games in Rio on Monday after completely botching his final dive.
Azman was attempting a forward 2.5 somersault 3 twist dive that had a difficulty of 3.9 in the sixth round. But he lost his balance and ended up doing a brutal belly flop into the pool.
The Malaysian was actually 12th with a score of 331.95 after five rounds, but that dive completely tanked his score. He finished with just 341.70 points, placing him 29th of 29.
“I knew then that it was over as there was no way for me to make the semi-final,” said a dejected Amsyar, via the New Strait Times. “I made a mistake when jumping and couldn’t control my dive after that.”
I don't want to downplay the significance of an Olympic Medal. I'm sure when Ahmad Amsyar Azman was tirelessly training to compete against the best divers in the world he didn't envision himself dropping 17 spots in the standings after brutally botching his last attempt. That said, I am going to go ahead and say that he's far better off now that he did. Sure, his goal was to stand on the podium representing his country, but the possibility of that happening was shot to hell once he sat in 12th place with only one dive remaining. Can't imagine anything short of walking across the water on his hands would have been enough to earn him some hardware. That's why going the polar opposite direction was the most beneficial solution. Once he gets over the breathtaking combination of embarrassment and torso pain he'll surely realize he lucked out. After all - other than the judges - who doesn't love a good belly flop?
I would go as far as saying that the dude with the red stomach and the last place finish will inevitably end up happier with his performance than the guy currently sitting in 4th. Not because he's even anywhere close to as good of a diver, but because he has to have at least an endorsement or two coming his way. How could an Olympian accidentally engaging in the most childish of self-inflictedly painful activities in front of the entire world not be able to parlay that into a paycheck? I don't know who is looking for disgraced Malaysian divers as spokespeople but with a name like Ahmad Amysar Azman, he and AAA Roadside Service seem like a match made in heaven. There's got to be some connection to be made between Malaysia, modes of transportation, and inconvenient failures, but I'll leave that up to the director that can thank me later for my brilliant casting suggestion.