Silver and bronze for Brits in Edinburgh

19th April 2013

The British Gas GBR Diving team kicked off their World Series campaign with two medals on the opening night in Edinburgh.
Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree started the ball rolling with an impressive silver in the 3m Synchro before Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker landed bronze in the men’s equivalent.
Blagg and Gallantree were the Brits only medallist from the opening two legs of the 2013 World Series, having won silver in Beijing, and the City of Leeds divers put in a consistent performance to repeat the result.
China’s Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia were a class above as they won gold on 322.10 but the Brits finished more than 20 points clear in second as they finished on 305.28.
Blagg and Gallantree are enjoying their best season as a partnership, setting a personal best 312.24 at the British Gas Diving Championships in February then an international best 305.79 for their silver in Beijing.
And Gallantree admitted the pair felt confident they could continue their run of form in Scotland.
“We got a medal last month in Beijing so we knew it was possible so we just got on with things and tried not to at anyone else in the field,” said Gallantree.
“We just focused on our own performance and how well we can do our dives and it worked again tonight.
“It was a consistent performance but we know we can do more. We can both dive better than we did.””
Blagg added: “”We’re so happy right now, we’re absolutely buzzing.
“We weren’t looking at the scores during the event but we both felt confident throughout the rounds.
“It was about seven points off our personal best so we know we’re diving well at the moment.””
Having watched their teammates land silver, Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker snuck in for bronze in a nail-biting men’s 3m Synchro final.
The Brits were lying fourth for the opening five dives but leapfrogged USA’s Troy and Dwight Dumais with their final effort to score 392.91 ahead of the American’s 392.46.
China’s Qin Kai and He Chong won gold on 433.65 while Ukraine’s Illya Kvasha and Oleksiy Prygorov claime silver on 420.27.
But having finished sixth in the opening leg of this season’s World Series in Beijing, the Brits admitted they were delighted with their progress in Edinburgh.
“It’s been a pretty steady start to the year out in Beijing so to come here on home turf and walk out with a bronze medal, both Chris and I are really ecstatic about it,” said Robinson-Baker, who finished fifth with Mears at London 2012.
“We were biting our nails at the end because we knew USA were within half a point of us and we didn’t know what was going to happen,” added Mears.
“But we came out on top today which is brilliant and it was in front of a home crowd so it couldn’t have happened at a better World Series leg.
“We’re going to be working on our consistency in the next few months. I messed up one of my dives today which I’m annoyed about so we’ll go back and work on the little things and hopefully we can get some more medals from the other World Series.””
Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow were the only other Brits in action on the opening day in Edinburgh, finishing fourth in the 10m Synchro on 303.72.