Five-star showing at Diving World Cup Super Final

7 Aug 2023

Britain's divers closed out their season in style by claiming five medals at the inaugural World Aquatics Diving World Cup Super Final in Berlin over the weekend.

Fresh from securing a trio of synchro silvers and eight Olympic quota spots at last month's World Championships, the British Diving team maintained their lofty standards to step on the podium on all three days of competition in the German capital, with athletes having qualified places for this event through their results and performances at the previous legs in Xi'an, China and Montreal, Canada. 

Just as at the Fukuoka World Championships, two of the memorable medal moments came courtesy of synchro pairings, with Lois Toulson and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix rounding out a superb first full season as a pairing in the Women's 10m Synchro. 

On this occasion, it was bronze, Toulson and Spendolini-Sirieix closing on 285.90 points, the highlight coming in round four as they scored 65.28 for their Inward 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (407C). 

Following hot on the heels of a historic World Champs silver - the first time Britain had won a women's medal at a World Championships - this latest medal meant Lois and Andrea have maintained their record of reaching the podium at every major international they have competed in together, including last year's European Championships and the two other Diving World Cup events this year. 

There was also individual success for Andrea, who repeated the bronze result in the Women's 10m Platform. Her overall tally of 330.90 - which included an outstanding Inward 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (407C) in round two that scored 76.80 from the judges - ensured she was behind only China's Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan in the Super Final standings. Lois placed fifth individually.

The other individual medal in Berlin was secured by Noah Williams in the Men's 10m Platform. The Tokyo Olympian - fourth in the same event at the World Championships only a fortnight ago - was always in contention for the medal places, before delivering his customary stunner in round six, a Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (109C) worth 90.65 points from the judges and securing him bronze with 468.05 overall. Ben Cutmore placed 11th. 

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Noah Williams (right) claimed Men's 10m Platform bronze

From the springboards, Jordan Houlden and Anthony Harding delivered a brilliant display as a duo to pick up Men's 3m Synchro silver. With Jack Laugher not competing as he manages an ongoing knee condition following his and Harding's silver-medal triumph at the World Championships, Anthony and Jordan paired up together and showed all the experience of their previous synchro showings from years gone by, a score of 82.08 for their closing Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (109C) seeing them finish with 395.50 points to their name, enough for the silver behind only Chinese world champion pair Wang Zongyuan and Long Daoyi. 

Rounding out the five-medal showing for GB was the Mixed 3m and 10m Team event, which saw Houlden, Toulson and Williams joined by Grace Reid, a European Games medallist earlier in the summer. 

The four all completed individual dives from their usual specialist height, with Williams joining Reid in a 3m synchro dive and Toulson in the 10m synchro dive, that final synchro score of 72 points helping them place on the podium.

Elsewhere, Matty Lee and Williams placed fifth in the Men's 10m Synchro, Yasmin Harper and Scarlett Mew Jensen - another to win unforgettable World Championship silverware in Japan last month - missed out on the Women's 3m Synchro medals by less than three points in placing fourth, while Yasmin (10th) and Grace (12th) also contested the individual Women's 3m Springboard.

The Berlin showpiece brings to an end a breathless period of top-level diving from the British Diving athletes, which featured those brilliantly successful World Championships and a seven-medal haul - including golds for Eden Cheng (10m Platform), Ross Haslam (1m Springboard) and Desharne Bent-Ashmeil and Amy Rollinson (3m Synchro) - at the European Games in Poland, all hugely encouraging returns less than 12 months out from the Olympic Games.

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Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Lois Toulson on their way to another Diving World Cup medal in the Women's 10m Synchro
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Jordan Houlden and Anthony Harding (far left) picked up Men's 3m Synchro silver together