Germany's Timo Barthel is due to compete in four events at the season-opening Diving World Cup in Berlin ©Getty Images

The opening event of the International Swimming Federation’s Diving World Cup season is due to begin in Berlin tomorrow, and for the first time is set to be held alongside a Swimming World Cup at the same venue.

Another first for the event at the SSE Swimming and Diving Hall is the absence of semi-finals in the individual events, with divers going straight from preliminaries to the finals.

Preliminaries are due to be held tomorrow in the women’s and men’s three metres springboard, and the women’s and men’s 10m platform.

Competition is also due to take place in synchro and team events, with some divers opting to compete in both individual and team disciplines.

Timo Barthel of Germany is set to compete in four events, while Katrina Young of the United States is entered in three.

China sends the largest athlete delegation, and there will be some interesting rivalries and pairings.

Katrina Young of the United States is set to feature in three women's events in Berlin ©Getty Images
Katrina Young of the United States is set to feature in three women's events in Berlin ©Getty Images

On the women’s side Quan Hongchan and Chen Yuxi are scheduled to compete against each other in the women’s 10m platform final on Saturday (October 22), a day after they are set to team up in the women’s 10m synchro competition.

Meanwhile for the men Cao Yuan, who has five Olympic medals to his name, including 10m platform gold from Tokyo 2020, is set to be one of the headline attractions in the men’s 3m springboard final on Friday (October 21).

A day later he is set to form a partnership with fellow Chinese diver and Tokyo 2020 gold medallist in the synchro Wang Zongyuan.

Prize money is set to be awarded to the top six finishers in individual events, consisting of $6,000 (£5,300/€6,140) for the winners, $5,000 (£4,450/€5,120) to the second-place finisher and $4,000 (£3,560/€4,000) for the third-place finisher, with the same amounts given to the top three in both synchro and team events.

The first leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup is due to begin at the same venue on October 21, with 12 finals scheduled.