Couch and Barrow win silver in World Series opener

25th April 2014

Home favourites Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow had the crowd in raptures as they won silver in the opening event of the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series at London Aquatics Centre

The British pair - who won World Cup bronze in the same pool two years ago - were never out of the top two as they scored a World Series personal best 321.24 to finish behind China's world champions Liu Huixia and Chen Ruolin on 337.14.

Couch and Barrow were leading after the opening two optional dives, sitting pretty on 108.00 before Liu and Chen - winners at the previous two legs in Beijing and Dubai respectively - took control.

The Chinese were untouchable on their optional dives, scoring more than 75 on all three efforts to pull clear at the top.

But the Brits' consistency kept them ahead of Canada's world silver medallists Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (316.11) and a top score of 77.82 for their final dive - a back 2.5 somersaults, 2.5 twists piked - was the icing on the cake. 

"We're really pleased - it was a really good competition," said Barrow. "The crowd were so amazing and we enjoyed every second of it."

"Our dives were really good today," added Couch. "But also our synchro was a lot better than it has been.

"There wasn't much pressure on us today and I think it helped to feel good about ourselves. The crowd really helped with that."

Women's 10m Synchro Results

GOLD - Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia (China) (337.14)

SILVER - Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow (Great Britain) (321.24)

BRONZE - Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (Canada) (316.11)