Couch and Barrow place fifth in Barcelona

22nd July 2013

Divers Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow underlined their class with a fifth place finish in the 10m Synchro on day three of the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.

The British pair qualified sixth on 306.54 in the morning prelim but improved their score as well as position in the final as they finished on 309.72.

Couch and Barrow – who finished fourth at the 2011 Worlds and fifth at London 2012 last year – were lying third after scoring 77.76 for their third of five dives, an inward 3 ½ somersaults piked.

The Brits only dropped to fourth in the penultimate round but a score of 72.96 for their final effort – a back 2 ½ somersaults, 1 ½ twists – was not enough to propel them back into the podium positions as Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Cheong Mun Yee claimed bronze on 331.14.

China’s Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia (356.28) won gold ahead of Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (331.51) while Australia’s Lara Tarvit and Emily Boyd (309.78) narrowly beat the Brits to fourth place.

The Brits were the highest ranked European entries – outscoring their 306.24 for European silver earlier this season – and booked their spot on next year’s lucrative World Series courtesy of their top-six finish.

But having beaten the likes of Canada and Malaysia in this year’s World Series events, Barrow admitted it was frustrating to finish off the pace in Spain.

“We compete against the same countries in every competition pretty much,” said Barrow.

“We got two bronzes and a silver in the World Series this year against the same teams as today so we know we can beat them.

“Apart from the Chinese, the top eight in the world are always changing really. It just needs to go right on the day.

“We’ve been working really hard on inward which has been our lowest scoring dive the past few years but was our highest in prelims and finals today.

“You start on one dive and another one goes a bit. One day we’ll get it all together.”

Both Brits will return for the 10m prelims on Wednesday 24th July, with Couch set to compete in the individual event at her fifth consecutive World Championships.