But he did earn a consolation prize: Internet infamy.
Feck's second attempt at the Aquatics Centre saw the German land flat on his back in the water, after losing his grip on his left leg during his rotation. It was, shall we say, not a textbook dive.
The clip has gone viral as one of the Olympics' biggest bloopers (even as the IOC cracks down on its uploading, hence why we can't embed video). But what did the judges think?
Instead of completing the maneuver and disappearing into the water with barely a ripple, he landed flat on the middle of his back. The resounding splat prompted a loud groan from the crowd, while each judge scored him zero.
The 22-year-old from Leipzig emerged from the pool in obvious distress. He completed another dive but then withdrew, in too much pain to continue.
We thought this unorthodox attempt was a charming way to break the monotony of seeing every dive performed to perfection. Alas, this whimsy was lost on the judges, apparently:
Perhaps the worst part of this for Stephan Feck is ... that his name is "Stephan Feck."
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