Springboard specialist James Heatly secured his second gold of the weekend, as he cruised to the top of the rankings in the Men’s 3m Springboard on day two of the British Diving Championships.
A dominant delivery of prelims diving in the morning session saw Heatly head into the final as the top-ranked athlete and after getting into his stride in the second round, he seized control of the medal decider.
The key dive that cemented the local lad the gold medal came in the fifth and penultimate round, a Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults Tuck (307C), which collected 80.50 points.
Yesterday saw James claim his first senior individual British title at his home pool in the Men’s 1m and in as many days he managed to double up his gold medal tally with a final score of 439.20.
Reflecting on the result, Heatly said:
“I’m really happy right now; yesterday I got my first individual British title and I was so pleased with that, so to get two this weekend, I’m over the moon.
“I was a bit nervous going into that one as it’s such a strong event so I’m really happy to come out on top today.
“I’m generally pretty
happy with how all my dives went, everything was there or thereabouts. I know I
can give a bit more on each of them, but it was a good score for me so knowing
that there’s room to improve I’m looking forward to the future.
“All that I wanted to do this weekend was come out, do the competition and see where I was. I’ve done that so now we just have to wait and see if I get any international call ups this summer.”
Jamaica’s Yona Knight-Widsom posted the highest score of the
final, 442.05 points bagged him the guest gold. In his debut senior season on
the springboard, Leeds diver Dan Goodfellow posted a score 420.60 points for
the silver and the bronze medal went to Jordan Houlden of the City of Sheffield
Diving, his closing score 408.95.
Switching to the platform Lois Toulson successfully defended her British title in the Women’s 10m event. After her opening two dives the City of Leeds diver was sat in silver medal position but stepped it up a gear with her Armstand Back 2 Somersault 1 ½ Twists (6243D) in the third round to shift into the top spot.
Toulson managed to notch up a total of 319.40 points which
eventually secured her the centre podium spot and Edinburgh gold.
After the result was confirmed Toulson said:
“I’m really happy with my performance overall; I’ve done a
lot of competitions this season so far so I’m a bit tired but I feel I managed
to put in some good dives, especially when looking ahead to the World Champs.
“319 was my score today, it’s not my best but it’s not my
worst either - I think a couple of my dives could’ve been a bit sharper. When
we get back to Leeds it will be a case of working on those finishing touches
ahead of the summer in Gwangju.”
The other Women’s 10m Platform medals were shared amongst Dive London’s Robyn Birch and Crystal Palace Diving’s Eden Cheng, with scores of 314.10 and 286.80 respectively.
The Women’s 3m Synchro event served up a surprise result as
the duo from Dive London of Maria Papworth Burrel and Scarlett Mew Jensen
snatched victory with a margin of just over three points, their final score
Silver went to Grace Reid and Kat Torrance whilst bronze was secured by Plymouth pai Kayleigh Sinclair and Summer Radcliffe.
Just three pairs climbed up the 10m platform for the Men’s Synchro event, with the European silver medallists Matthew Dixon of Plymouth Diving and Noah Williams of Dive London ruling proceedings.
Dixon and Williams lead throughout the rounds and completed
their lists with a point’s total of 409.83, a new personal best score for them.
The partnership of Lucas Thomson (Edinburgh Diving) and Ben
Cutmore (Dive London) sealed silver with 385.63 points, whilst Robbie Lee
(Southampton Diving) and Euan McCabe (Plymouth Diving) settled for bronze with
a score of 330.78.
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