Career Highlights: Zakharov and his partner Evgeny Kuznetsov have known they'd be heading to London for a long time, having secured Olympic spots by winning silver medals in the synchronized 3m springboard in their first World Championship event in July 2011. The tandem placed second to the dominant Chinese duo of Qin Kai and Luo Yutong by finishing with 451.89 points. Zakharov also won silver in the individual 3m springboard in Shangai, finishing runner-up to Chinese powerhouse He Chong, the defending Olympic champion. Zakharov and Kuznetsov won gold in the synchronized 3m springboard at the 2011 European Championships in Turin, and Zakharov claimed the silver medal in the individual event, finishing behind only Patrick Hausding of Germany. This will be Zakharov's OIympic debut.