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Bellyflops and acrobatics at Norway's 'Death Diving' championships

Norway, Oslo
August 18, 2019 at 04:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

The annual Death Diving - or 'Dodsing' in Norwegian - championships were held in Oslo on Saturday.

The amateur sport is a viral sensation with the risk of doing a belly-flop ever present.

The concept is simple: jump off something very tall into a body of water and try to make it look as close to death as possible.

Competitors leap from a 10-metre-high diving board, spreading their body into a classic 'X' shape, holding the pose for as long as possible before hitting the water. There is also a freestyle variety, with participants performing radical, acrobatic tricks.

While most enter the water-stomach first, the sport's founders developed a technique to avoid belly-flops: tuck your body in at the last second to make the knees break the water tension.

Dives are judge on several criteria: Running speed, jump height, jump length, acrobatics, degree of difficulty, holding a pose before entry, entry style and splash size.

This year's female winner was Marina Hamberg from Sweden. Local favourite Kim Andre Knutsen triumphed in the men's competition.

The championships were held on the historic grounds of Frognerbadet in Oslo where it all began in the late 1960s.

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The annual Death Diving - or 'Dodsing' in Norwegian - championships were held in Oslo on Saturday.

The amateur sport is a viral sensation with the risk of doing a belly-flop ever present.

The concept is simple: jump off something very tall into a body of water and try to make it look as close to death as possible.

Competitors leap from a 10-metre-high diving board, spreading their body into a classic 'X' shape, holding the pose for as long as possible before hitting the water. There is also a freestyle variety, with participants performing radical, acrobatic tricks.

While most enter the water-stomach first, the sport's founders developed a technique to avoid belly-flops: tuck your body in at the last second to make the knees break the water tension.

Dives are judge on several criteria: Running speed, jump height, jump length, acrobatics, degree of difficulty, holding a pose before entry, entry style and splash size.

This year's female winner was Marina Hamberg from Sweden. Local favourite Kim Andre Knutsen triumphed in the men's competition.

The championships were held on the historic grounds of Frognerbadet in Oslo where it all began in the late 1960s.

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M/S Fat man jumps off diving board, Oslo

W/S Fat man bellyflops

W/S Boy jumps off diving board

W/S Boy jumps off diving board

W/S Crowd celebrate

M/S Simen Mathisen leaps off diving board

W/S Mathisen removes shirt during dive

M/S Mathisen waves shirt around in air

W/S Replay of Mathisen's shirt-removing dive

W/S Werner Grohn lines up fellow divers on board

M/S Crowd watch

M/S Grohn jumps over people

M/S Crowd applaud

W/S Grohn's people-jumping dive

M/S Women's competitor Astrid Sandberg's dive

W/S Sandberg backflops

M/S Crowd reacts

M/S Sandberg leaves pool

W/S Sandberg backflops

M/S Grohn jumps off diving board

W/S Grohn's hands-behind-back dive

W/S Grohn's hands-behind-back dive

W/S Grohn's hands-behind-back dive

W/S Diving boards at Frognerbadet

M/S Women's winner Miriam Hamberg warms up crowd

M/S Spectator

M/S Hamberg warms up crowd

M/S Hamberg warms up crowd then jumps

W/S Hamberg's winning jump

W/S Hamberg's winning jump

W/S Hamberg's winning jump

W/S Frognerbadet

M/S Hamberg celebrates victory

M/S Hamberg celebrates victory

W/S Crowd applaud

M/S Male winner Kim Andre Knutsen prepares to jump

M/S Boy smiles at camera

M/S Andre Knutsen leaps off diving board

W/S Andre Knutsen's winning dive

W/S Andre Knutsen's winning dive

W/S Andre Knutsen's winning dive

M/S Boy dabs

M/S Andre Knutsen celebrates dive

W/S Frognerbadet

M/S Andre Knutsen announced as winner

M/S Crowd applaud

M/S Andre Knutsen celebrates victory

W/S Frognerbadet

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