for four-time competitor
HEMPEL and Heiko MEYER won the bronze medal in the inaugural
men's 10m synchronized platform event at the Sydney 2000 Olympic
Games, earning HEMPEL his second medal in four Olympic appearances.
Jan Hempel and Heiko Meyer in
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a 29-year-old father of two, is the only four-time Olympic
diver at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He won his first medal
in Atlanta, winning the silver in the 10m Platform.
and first-time Olympian MEYER began training together in 1998
and won the bronze medal at the World Championships later
that year. The pair also won the event at the 1999 European
these achievements, HEMPEL came into the 2000 Games with modest
you had asked us before the competition, we wouldn't have
thought we were a chance for a medal," HEMPEL said after
a solid performance on the entire program's most difficult
dive, a back 3-1/2 somersault tuck and reverse 3-1/2 somersault
tuck, secured the bronze.
has the most risk but it paid off for us," said HEMPEL
of the 78.54-scoring dive.
and MEYER, both of whom will compete in the Men's 10m Platform
event on 29 September, have been encouraged by their performance
so far at the Games. "This situation has given us a new
lift, new courage and new strength for us to compete. The
two of us will be together for awhile to come."
pair plans to continue to compete in the event at the World
Championships, held next year in Japan.