Barrow fourth in the world from 10m Platform
Sarah Barrow produced the best performance of career to finish fourth in the 10m Platform on day six of the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.
Competing individually for the first time at a World Champs, Barrow scored a personal best 346.45 in the final – missing out on bronze by just 11.95 points.
The British diver, who also finished fourth at this year’s European Championships, was the picture of consistency in Spain, maintaining her ranking in fourth from the second round onwards.
China’s 14-year old sensation Si Yajie (392.15) claimed gold ahead of China’s Olympic champion Chen Ruolin (388.70) and Ukraine’s European champion Iuliia Prokopchuk (358.40) while GB’s Tonia Couch (311.00) finished ninth.
And while Barrow admitted placing so close to the podium was bittersweet, she insisted she could have no complaints with her result on the day.
“It was just outside the medals but I’m not too disappointed at all," said Barrow. "I got a personal best by about one point and the last time I did that was 2008 so I’m pretty happy.
“When I came to this competition, I thought it's my first final at a World Championships and I didn’t have anything to lose so I just sat back and enjoyed it. People dropped one dive but I managed to stay steady.
“Sometimes it’s a bit easier when you haven’t done an individual event for a while because you’ve got no expectation but I enjoyed it and I can’t wait to do it again.”
Having qualified in second from the semi-finals, Couch couldn't force her way back into the medal mix after a missed dive in the opening round left her at the bottom of the pile.
“I think I was a little bit too pumped today," said Couch, who finished fifth with Barrow in the 10m Synchro earlier in the Champs.
"Maybe finishing second yesterday but me a little bit on edge so I’m a little bit gutted with today’s performance.
“That’s diving for you – one day you’re buzzing and happy and I dive like I did yesterday and then the next day you’re not.
“My score yesterday would have got that bronze medal and that will tick over in my head for a while."
Jack Laugher narrowly missed a spot in the 3m Springboard final after staging a semi-final comeback in Barcelona.
The 18-year old had qualified in first from the morning prelim but found himself playing catch-up in the semis after missed dives in the second and third rounds left him bottom of the leaderboard in 18th.
The City of Leeds diver regained his composure to score more than 70 for each of his last three dives but while he eventually pulled himself back to 16th, his final tally of 405.10 was just 11 points shy of Japan's Sho Sakai in 12th.
"When I came out this morning I was feeling pretty good and qualified first from the prelim which was brilliant for me," said Laugher. That’s the first time I’ve ever done that and didn’t expect that all.
"I made some silly mistakes in that semi that I shouldn’t really have made. Really, I would have been in that final if I hadn’t made those mistakes but that’s just how it goes.
"I’ve never dived last before but it didn’t matter too much. It might have been a bit more pressure – I don’t really know. Maybe I’ll need to work on that because I might be that position again in the future."
Fellow Brit Chris Mears – who finished eighth in the 3m Synchro earlier in the meet – was also in action in the men's 3m but finished 31st in the prelim on 348.15 after a couple of missed dives.
"I think my first dive was really good and I’m really happy with a lot of things today actually," said Mears. "I had a bit of a dodgy hurdle which left me in an uncomfortable place for my reverse 3.5. I think that was playing on my mind a bit when I took off and that caused me to go quite short of vertical on that dive.
"That’s where it went downhill really because I scored 15 points for it instead of 60 or 70. It is a new dive for me this year. I know I can do it well but it didn’t happen today which is unfortunate but that sort of thing happens in competition."