Nathan Zsombor-Murray performs a dive in layout positionAndrew Lahodynskyj/COC
Andrew Lahodynskyj/COC

Nathan Zsombor-Murray

Biographie

Nathan Zsombor-Murray was just 14 years old when made his international debut for Canada at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships. He finished fifth there in the mixed 10m synchro with Meaghan Benfeito. In 2018, he competed in his first FINA World Series event in Montreal and won mixed 10m synchro gold with Benfeito.

Zsombor-Murray set a Canadian record in the 14-15 age group at the 2018 Junior Elite Nationals, posting a 10m platform score of 514.84. At the 2018 Junior World Championships, he finished fourth in both the individual 10m platform and 10m synchro with Laurent Gosselin-Paradis.

In 2019 he joined up with Vincent Riendeau to compete in the men’s 10m synchro. They won two silver medals together that year, first at the Grand Prix in Calgary and then at the Pan Am Games in Lima.

In February 2020, Zsombor-Murray and Riendeau won their first FINA World Series medal in the men’s 10m synchro, taking bronze in Montreal before all competitions were halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. When competition resumed, they won 10m synchro bronze at the FINA Diving World Cup in May 2021, securing their spot in the event for Tokyo 2020. In his Olympic debut, Zsombor-Murray finished fifth in the 10m synchro event with Riendeau. He missed qualifying for the individual 10m final by just one spot.

Following Riendeau’s retirement, Zsombor-Murray teamed up with Rylan Wiens. They won 10m synchro gold in their first event together, a FINA Grand Prix event in Calgary in June 2022. At the 2022 World Aquatics Championships later in the month, they won bronze to become Canada’s first ever world championship medallists in the men’s 10m synchro event. They followed up with a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

As an individual competitor, Zsombor-Murray won his first major international medal at the World Aquatics Diving World Cup in May 2023, capturing 10m bronze in Montreal. He went on to finish seventh at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships, the second year in a row he achieved that result. He and Wiens didn’t get a chance to compete in the synchro event because Wiens was recovering from injury. Zsombor-Murray capped off his summer season with a fourth-place finish in the 10m platform at the World Cup Super Final in Berlin.

A Little More About Nathan

Getting into the Sport: Started taking diving lessons at his local pool at the age of five… Outside Interests: When not training enjoys spending time with his friends and family and playing video games…

Faits saillants olympiques

Jeux Sport Épreuve Rang
Tokyo 2020Diving10m Platform - Men13
Tokyo 2020DivingSynchronized 10m Platform - Men5

Palmarès international

Olympic Games: 2020 - 5th (10m synchro), 13th (10m) Pan American Games: 2019 - SILVER (10m synchro), 6th (10m) Commonwealth Games: 2022 – SILVER (10m synchro), 4th (10m) World Aquatics Championships: 2023 – 7th (10m), 5th (mixed 10m synchro); 2022 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 7th (10m); 2019 - 11th (10m synchro); 2017 - 5th (mixed 10m synchro) FINA World Cup: 2021 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 5th (10m) FINA World Championships (junior): 2018 - 4th (10m), 4th (10m synchro)