Alongside the swimming, the men's platform finals in the diving take place without Greg Louganis, the man who has dominated the sport since 1984. The American won gold in both the springboard and highboard events at Los Angeles and Seoul but retired with a tidy crock of four gold medals. The field is difficult to assess, although the Chinese should prove strong. Four years ago they monopolised the women's events; this time their supremacy will probably extend to both sexes.
In rowing, Britain's Fiona Freckleton and Miriam Batten, bronze medallists in last year's world championships, begin their campaign in the women's coxless pairs. If it is successful they will become the first British women sculling medallists since Beryl Mitchell in 1980.