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Men’s individual 3m springboard preview: Can Russia repeat?

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The Time

The men's individual 3m springboard event spans two days and begins on Monday, Aug. 15:

                Preliminary -- 2:15pm ET on Monday, Aug. 15

                Semifinal -- 9am ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16

                Final -- 5pm ET on Tuesday, Aug. 16

The Format

Individual Olympic diving events consist of a preliminary round, a semifinal and a final split over multiple days. 

Each diver performs five different optional dives in each round. There is no limit to the total degree of difficulty, but all five groups of dives -- forward, backward, reverse, inward and twisting -- must be represented at least once. Scores do not carry over from round to round.

The top 18 competitors in the preliminary round move on to the semifinal and compete in reverse order. If there is a tie for 18th, both divers advance.

In the semifinal, the top 12 divers advance to the final and compete in reverse order based on point total.

Medals are awarded to the three divers with the highest score in the final round.

The Odds

Cao Yuan (CHN) -- 5/4 

He Chao (CHN) -- 7/5 

Rommel Pacheco (MEX) -- 13/2 

Matthieu Rosset (FRA) -- 100/8 

Ilya Zakharov (RUS) -- 13/1 

Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) -- 16/1 

Kristian Ipsen (USA) -- 18/1 

Jack Laugher (GBR) -- 20/1 

Yona Knight-Wisdom (JAM) -- 22/1 

César Castro (BRA) -- 22/1 

Michele Benedetti (ITA) -- 28/1 

Michael Hixon (USA) -- 33/1 

Philippe Gagne (CAN) -- 33/1 

Woo Haram (KOR) -- 40/1 

Andrea Chiarabini (ITA) -- 40/1 

Sho Sakai (JPN) -- 50/1 

Grant Nel (AUS) -- 50/1 

Patrick Hausding (GER) -- 50/1 

Oliver Dingley (GBR) -- 50/1

Ken Terauchi (JPN) -- 66/1 

Odds as of Aug. 6 courtesy betting website

The Americans

Kristian Ipsen (23)

Michael Hixon (22)

The Key Storylines

China's He Chao, Cao Yuan and Russia's Ilya Zakharoz -- last year's gold medalist -- are expected to pace the field. California native Kristian Ipsen -- one of the few who can perform a "triple out" -- is regarded as the United States' best shot at the medal. 

"My biggest competitors definitely are the Chinese, the Russians," Ipsen said. "I'm really looking forward to my event because I competed really well here the last time. I wound up getting third, so that was a huge confidence builder for me."

The Reigning Medalists

2012 gold -- Russia's Ilya Zakharov

2012 silver -- China's Qin Kai

2012 bronze -- China's He Chong 

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