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Benjamin AUFFRET
Sport Diving
NOC France   
GenderMen
Born15 Mar 1995 in Melun, FRA
Height1.66 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Joinville-le-Pont, FRA
Languages
French
Higher education
Computer Science - Sorbonne University: Paris, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
Previously a gymnast, he switched to diving in 2010 at age 15.
Why this sport?
A growth spurt led to injuries in gymnastics, and coaches recommended he try diving instead. "The impacts of gymnastics were not compatible with the state of my joints after I grew 18cm in one year. I had the chance of stopping high performance sport altogether, or trying something else. I had the chance to stop for a while but the coaches had another idea. My coach knew the national diving coach. My experience in gymnastics gives me an advantage. I do not regret it."
General Interest
Hobbies
Photography. (leparisien.fr, 11 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (leparisien.fr, 11 Mar 2019)
Injuries
He competed with lower back pain at the 2018 European Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. (sports.fr, 12 Aug 2018)

He sustained a hip injury three weeks before the 2017 European Championships in Kiev, Ukraine, where he claimed a gold medal. (sans-filtre.fr, 24 Apr 2018; interviewsport.fr, 22 May 2018)

He sustained a sacrum fracture four months before the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He returned to training six weeks before the Games. (sans-filtre.fr, 24 Apr 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive sport due to a recurring back injury in April 2021, four months before the rescheduled Olympic Games in Tokyo. "The postponement of the Olympic Games and the departure of my coach Hui Tong were already big blows but I was ready to take up the challenge. Sadly in sport, you need to be at your best at the right moment, and injuries have stood in my way. We have tried everything to overcome it. We worked with physiotherapists, doctors and all our staff to find a way, but I had to accept that getting back to top form, earning selection and fighting for a medal would put my health in danger. I have also dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot, so I have had to end my sporting career to have the time to recover and a chance to make my second dream a reality." (lequipe.fr, 21 Apr 2021; sport24.lefigaro.fr, 22 Apr 2021)

BITTER MOMENT
He was disappointed with his fourth-place finish in the men's 10m platform at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "The Games are the showcase of my sport. I cry every time I watch a video about the other medallists in Rio. Those Games were such a crazy experience. The atmosphere was incredible with the Olympic rings everywhere. You can see all these thousands of athletes everywhere. The craze was overwhelming. But then, the fourth place was really bitter, and hard to digest. Finishing outside the podium places was devastating at the time, but afterwards I regained that desire to win, to find a new challenge." (rfi.fr, 12 Dec 2019; sportmag.fr, 10 Jul 2019)

PHOTOGRAPHY
He is passionate about photography, especially capturing athletes, and has an Instagram page dedicated to his hobby. "I love to capture the expressions and emotions of athletes in sport. For example, with diving, I take more photos of athletes warming up than actually diving." (leparisien.fr, 11 Mar 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform 507.35
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10m Platform 489.20
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform 469.35
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 490.25
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 295.35 
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2020 Rostock, GER 10m Platform Synchro 371.73
9 2019 Singapore, SGP 10m Platform 399.75
2 2016 Bolzano, ITA 10m Platform 447.20
2 2016 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 512.70
14 2014   10m Platform  
4 2014 Gatineau, QC, CAN 10m Platform 434.85
12 2014 San Juan, PUR 10m Platform 293.85
22 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard 333.70
8 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 3m Springboard Synchro 342.18
8 2013 Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 10m Platform Synchro 342.18
15 2013 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 336.70
5 2013 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard Synchro 346.02
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Kiev, UKR ? ??? 388.30
2 2019 Kiev, UKR 10m Platform 474.90
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 10m Platform 480.60
1 2017 Kiev, UKR 10m Platform 511.75
4 2015 Rostock, GER 10m Platform 478.20
Preliminary round 2015 Rostock, GER 1m Springboard 311.15
9 2014 Berlin, GER 10m Platform 403.15
Preliminary round 2014 Berlin, GER 1m Springboard 314.20
22 2013 Rostock, GER 3m Springboard 274.90 
8 2013 Rostock, GER Team Event 305.75
18 2013 Rostock, GER 1m Springboard 306.75 
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019   10m Platform  
5 2019 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 447.70
5 2019 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 447.60
5 2019 London, ENG 10m Platform 505.80
4 2019 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 488.10
6 2019 Sagamihara, JPN 10m Platform 509.40
4 2018   10m Platform  
5 2018 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 463.75
3 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform 495.70
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 499.80
6 2018 Montreal, QC, CAN 10m Platform 411.85
5 2017   10m Platform  
5 2017 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 493.40
5 2017 Guangzhou, CHN 10m Platform 491.25
5 2017 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 486.30
7 2017 Windsor, ON, CAN 10m Platform 436.10
7 2016   10m Platform  
5 2016 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 435.05
2 2016 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform Synchro 300.12
5 2016 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform 509.05
4 2016 Dubai, UAE 10m Platform Synchro 295.56