Mears and Robinson-Baker finish eighth in 3m Synchro

23rd July 2013

Divers Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker finished eighth after a chaotic 3m Synchro final on day four of the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.

The top three positions changed four times during the six rounds of dives and while Mears and Robinson-Baker put themselves within seven points of bronze with one dive to go, they eventually slipped down the order to finish on 391.53.

Even China's gold medallists He Chong and Qin Kai (448.86) dropped one dive as the athletes struggled with consistency at the outdoor pool.

Competing in their second World Championship final together, Mears and Robinson-Baker were one of the steadiest pairs in the competition, scoring 99 for their opening two required dives before gradually making their way through the field with their optionals.

The Brits - who finished fifth at London 2012 last year - peaked in the fifth round with an 80.58 for their forward 2 1/2 somersaults, 2 twists piked (5154B)  to move up to 391.53 overall and fifth place - a mere 6.72 points shy of Mexico in third.

But a below-par final effort of 63.24 for their inward 3 1/2 somersaults with tuck (407C) slipped them out of the running and down the leaderboard.

Russia's Illya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov (428.01) recovered from an early slip to claim bronze while Mexico's Rommel Pacheco and Jahir Ocampo (422.79) were the surprise package of the final as they collected bronze.

"We had a cracking competition but I went quite far over on my last dive," said Robinson-Baker. "It's one of those things in sport. Maybe it was the pressure building up a little bit but at the end of the day it was a great performance.

"Diving is one of those sports that can be up and down. In the fourth and fifth rounds, I think seven teams messed up one of their dives which was amazing to watch."

Mears added: "Our performance was pretty good and individually I feel I dived pretty well.

"The inward let us down a little bit but in that field, there were divers in there dropping two dives, three dives. It's unfortunate that our last dive wasn't the best but there'll be another time."

Mears will return in the individual 3m Springboard prelims on Thursday 25th.