Sporting Life

One April day, six dives, an Olympic chance

National diver Mark Lee estimates that he needs to score 380 at April's World Cup in Japan to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. His best is 387. ST FILE PHOTO
National diver Mark Lee estimates that he needs to score 380 at April's World Cup in Japan to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. His best is 387.ST FILE PHOTO

The 5154B. The 305B. The 405B.

Ask diver Mark Lee, 26, the challenges that lie before him and he speaks a foreign language. Beauty reduced to code. Ballets might be stylishly named Swan Lake and paintings are evocatively titled The Starry Night yet the most elegant dives are officially referred to through bland numbers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2021, with the headline 'One April day, six dives, an Olympic chance'. Print Edition | Subscribe