Pamela Ware, a Canadian diver, made a disastrous error during Saturday’s semifinal of the 3-meter springboard event at the Tokyo Olympics and placed dead last.
Ware hopped down from the board and dove headfirst into the water below. She scored a total of 245.10 out of 300, which put her in 18th position. In the diving competition, the top 12 divers advanced to the medal round.
Ware assured her fans in the end that the mistake occurred at the “wrong time” and that she was “proud” of herself.
“I am quite pleased with my accomplishments. It was a very challenging task. What you observe from our rivals is a negligible portion of our overall effort to achieve our success. I thought I was prepared for this contest, but I ended up messing up. This misfortune could have befallen anyone, but it struck me at the worst possible moment “On Sunday, Ware made an Instagram video in which he made this claim. “But I take pride in the fact that I have exhausted every viable option in order to reach this point. To top it all off, I’m a real person. It’s okay if I mess up sometimes.”
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For his disastrous performance, the judges gave Ware a perfect score of 0.0, putting him in last place with a score of 245.10 and eliminating him from finals contention as a result.
The 28-year-old gave an account of her last-second decision to bail in her post-dive remarks.
Ware said, “I think that if I would have done the dive, I could have probably harmed myself.” “Everything I could have possibly done to get here, I have done. I really do hope that you all will get used to my being here; I have no intention of leaving or giving up.”
Ware addressed the backlash on Instagram, thanking her supporters and pointing out that anyone might have made the same error.
In a video, Ware explained that the work the team puts in the competitions is “only a little factor” of their overall efforts. “I thought I was prepared for this contest, but I ended up messing up. Anyone may have been affected, but unfortunately it came at the worst possible time for me.”
For Ware, the preliminary round ended with a fourth-place finish. She was still in shock following her botched dive and worried that she would get hurt if she tried again.
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Ware told reporters that he “may have probably harmed myself” if he had gone through with the dive.
There have been many comments and over 70,000 views of Pamela’s video. Her supporters and competitors rallied around her, assuring her that it was only bad luck and that she would bounce back stronger than ever.