World Series Breakthough for Couch

27th May 2013

Tonia Couch became Great Britain’s first individual female World Series medallist as she scooped silver and bronze at the final leg of the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Having won her 10m Platform semi-final with a score of 325.30, the 24-year old improved to 336.20 to take bronze in the final.

The British champion was lying fourth ahead of the final round but saved her best dive for last, receiving 9s and one 10 from the judges for her Reverse 2 1/2 Somersaults with Tuck (305C) to score 72.90 and secure her spot on the podium.

China's Si Yajie ultimately took gold on 400.75 while Mexico's Alejandra Orozco won silver on 384.65.

Couch's silver medal came with partner Sarah Barrow as they medalled in the 10m Synchro for the second consecutive World Series leg, having won bronze in Guadalajara a week before.

Just as in the individual, the British pair - who won European gold last season - improved a place with their final dive, scoring 75.84 for their Back 2 1/2 Somersault 1 1/2 Twists Piked (5253B) to finish on 317.10.

China's Si and Liu Huixia won gold on 335.16 while Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Leong Mun Yee settled for bronze on 311.46.

Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears capped off a successful meet for the British divers as they also won their second successive World Series medal in the 3m Synchro.

Having landed bronze at the previous leg, the Brits scored their highest total since London 2012 to repeat the result on 422.94 behind Mexico's Yahel Castillo and Daniel Islas (455.31) and China's Li Shixin and He Chao (444.09).

Mears also reached the individual 3m Springboard final, finishing sixth on 385.50 while Rebecca Gallantree was sixth in the women's 3m Springboard final on 304.00.