You may remember that last month we told you about the FINA/Midea Diving World Series that took place earlier in April. Well we thought we would give you a little update on how our British competitors got on!
On the opening night in Edinburgh, The British Gas GBR diving team kicked their World Series campaign off to a great start by winning two medals. Alice Blagg and team mate Rebecca Gallantree had consistently great dives and secured themselves a silver medal in the 3m Synchro with a final score of 305.18. China’s Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia were clearly on fire though with a final score of 322.10 which meant they took home the gold.
After what was a nail-bitingly close finish between the Brits and the USA, Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Barker managed to sneak into the bronze position in their final dive of the men’s 3m Synchro with a score of 392.91 ahead of the American’s score of 392.46.
On the second day of the competition, British diver Hannah Starling competed in the women’s 3m Springboard. The 17 year old finished 4th, the best result for a Brit in World Series history.
Now going into the final day we had Olympic Bronze medallist and AASE graduate Tom Daley, who got his first international of the season off to a flying start by winning gold in the 10m platform. Having won his preliminary round comfortably, the 18 year old had a rocky start to the final but won the gold with an impressive score of 542.15.
For those of you who didn’t get chance to see the FINA Diving World Series, here’s Tom in action.
Daley’s training partner at Plymouth Diving Club, Tonia Couch was also in action on the final day in Edinburgh, competing in the women’s 10m platform finals. Couch, who won the British title back in February, was also competing in her first international of the season. Couch had a great score of 350.45 but sadly missed out on a medal finishing 4th.
We wish the British Divers well and hope they continue to have a great international season.
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