Ja­son: my Olympic hope took a dive

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AC­TION movie star Ja­son Statham has re­vealed his fail­ure to com­pete at the Olympic Games re­mains a “sore point”.

The Bri­tish ac­tor rep­re­sented Eng­land in div­ing at the 1990 Com­mon­wealth Games in New Zealand – but fin­ished out­side the medal po­si­tions in three com­pe­ti­tions.

Statham, 49, praised the in­crease in fund­ing for div­ing af­ter Team GB’s suc­cess at Rio, but reck­ons he may have cho­sen the wrong sport to com­pete in.

Speak­ing at the Los An­ge­les pre­miere of his new film Me­chanic: Res­ur­rec­tion, he said: “It’s a bit of a sore point I never got to the Olympics.

“I just heard they got seven mil­lion or some­thing per year for the div­ing.

“They de­serve it. The divers we’ve got now are just ter­rific.

“I started too late. It prob­a­bly wasn’t my thing. I should have done a dif­fer­ent sport.”

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