Mai Nakagawa of Japan dives off the platform at the London Aquatics Centre.

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Diving off the deep end

Mai Nakagawa of Japan launches backwards off the diving platform on Feb. 21 during the Women's 10-meter semifinal of the FINA Diving World Cup at the new Aquatics Centre built for the 2012 Olympics in London.

 

More than 220 divers representing 40 countries have descended upon London for the event organized by FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) and which runs through Feb. 26. The event is a test event for the new facility and a qualifying event to determine who will go on to the Olympics.

 

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Ruolin Chen of China performs a diving maneuver at the London Aquatics Centre.

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Vying for a spot in the Olympics

Ruolin Chen of China performs a diving maneuver on Feb. 21, the second day of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup..

 

The newly opened facility will host 192 events over the course of the 2012 Olympic Games including Swimming, Paralympic Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming and the swimming portion of the Modern Pentathalon.

 

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Tatiana Ortiz of Mexico resurfaces after executing a dive at the London Aquatics Centre.

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Testing the waters

Tatiana Ortiz of Mexico surfaces after executing a dive on Feb. 21 during the Women's 10m semifinal of the FINA Diving World Cup.

 

After the Games, the facility will be downsized and transformed for use by local swimming clubs and schools.