Brits secure second medal as China land gold

25th April 2014

World champions Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia completed their World Series hat-trick while GB’s Hannah Starling and Rebecca Gallantree landed bronze in the women’s 3m Synchro at London Aquatics Centre.

Emulating their 10m Synchro compatriots Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia, who secured their third win of the year earlier in the day, Shi and Wu never looked like relinquishing their dominance as they led from the opening round to claim gold on 332.40.

But Starling and Gallantree drew the loudest cheers from the crowd as they sprung a surprise to claim bronze in their first international together.

The Brits started slowly, lying fifth after the optionals, before gradually making their way through the field and jumping up to third with 72.90 for their penultimate dive – a back 2.5 somersaults piked.

Italy’s World silver medallists Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape managed to squeeze ahead of the Brits for silver on 306.90 but Starling and Gallantree admitted they could have no complaints with bronze in a score of 302.88 which would have landed the same medal at last year’s World Championships in Barcelona.

“We’re really pleased because we’ve really not done much training together and really only had a week before London,” said Gallantree. “To be competing here at the Olympic pool and to win a medal is a fantastic feeling.

“To get over the 300 barrier is great and both our families were here supporting us to so to do it in front of them is really special.”

“I had absolutely no idea where we were placed,” added Starling. “My third dive wasn’t so good and I had to do a really good back dive for my own sanity otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to sleep!

“But when I hit the water, I could feel it had gone down well so I was quite happy.”

Women's 3m Synchro Results

GOLD - Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia (China) (332.40)

SILVER - Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape (Italy) (306.90)

BRONZE - Rebecca Gallantree and Hannah Starling (Great Britain) (302.88)