It's one of the most graceful sports at the Olympic Games - divers spin through the air with grace and poise, tumbling into the pool with only the quietest plop.

But take a closer look and you can see the strain it takes to do the reverse three-and-a-half somersaults that win you the points for difficulty.

These athletes, from China to Australia and Germany, aren't quite managing to keep a straight face as the London 2012 individual diving finals get underway.

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  • Qin Kai

    China's Qin Kai competes in the men's 3m springboard preliminary round during the diving event at the London 2012 Olympic Games

  • Yahel Castillo Huerta

    Mexico's Yahel Castillo Huerta during the Men's 3m Springboard Preliminary Round

  • Jenifer Benitez Benitez

    Spain's Jenifer Benitez Benitez in action during the Women's 3m Springboard Preliminary Round at the Aquatic Centre

  • Tania Cagnotto

    Fourth placed Tania Cagnotto from Italy competes during the women's 3-meter springboard diving final at the Aquatics Centre

  • Jaele Patrick

    Jaele Patrick of Australia in the diving women's 3m springboard final

  • Ilya Zakharov

    Ilya Zakharov from Russia competes during the men's 3-meter springboard diving preliminaries at the Aquatics Centre

  • He Chong

    He Chong from China competes during the men's 3-meter springboard diving preliminaries

  • Qin Kai

    Qin Kai from China competes during the men's 3-meter springboard diving preliminaries at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park

  • Troy Dumais

    Troy Dumais from the US competes during the men's 3-meter springboard diving preliminaries

  • Patrick Hausding

    Patrick Hausding from Germany competes during the men's 3-meter springboard diving preliminaries