Harding and Houlden Synchro Bronze caps successful European Championships

12 Aug 2019

The final weekend of the LEN European Diving Championships in Kiev, Ukraine showcases the bright future of British Diving.

Having narrowly missed out on a medal in the 1m Springboard earlier in the week, Jordan Houlden returned to the diving pool with podium ambitions alongside partner Antony Harding in the Men’s 3m Synchro competition. The duo, in their first year of competition together, produced a solid opening set of dives to be sitting just outside the top three, before nailing their final dive of a Forward 4 ½ Somersaults Tuck (109C) to move above Ukraine and claim the bronze medal with a new personal best score of 387.60.

Anthony Harding, commented on the pair’s success:

“I was very nervous before my last dive. But I knew that was our favourite and most consistent one so I was sure it was going to go well. We were expecting fourth or third place in the final. We knew that also depended on the others, but I knew we definitely had a chance for a medal. We have the bronze now so we are very happy.”

Further strength in depth of the British squad was shown as junior pair Scarlett Mew Jenson and Maria Papworth finished fourth in their first senior European competition together in the Women’s 3m Synchro, with a solid series of dives leaving the duo just nine points adrift of the tightly contested medal positions.

Mew Jensen also achieved further experience in reaching the final of the 1m Springboard individual on Saturday to take tenth, with Katherine Torrance in sixth, whilst the bronze medal 10m Synchro pair of Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams showcased their individual capabilities in the Men’s 10m Platform as they finished eighth and ninth respectively in the final event of the week long LEN European Diving Championships.

Full results from the European Diving Championships can be found here