Hosts seal first medal in 3m Synchro

19th April 2013

Great Britain’s Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree won the hosts’ first medal of the 2013 FINA/Midea World Series Edinburgh leg, claiming silver behind favourites China in the women’s 3m Synchro.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Wu Minxia and world 1m Springboard champion Shi Tingmao bagged their second gold together in this year’s World Series, with a tally of 332.10 for China.

Completing a stellar reverse 2 1/2 somersaults in their penultimate and highest scoring round (76.50) they secured their position ahead of the competition, allowing Minxia to claim the 3m springboard synchro title for the 18th time in her World Series career.

It was a consistent performance but we know we can do more.

Great Britain’s Gallantree and Blagg were similarly on form, landing silver with 305.28, just shy of their international personal best of 305.79 from the Beijing leg of this year's World Series where they also won silver.

It was a steady performance from the Brits, who sealed their medal with their best dive coming in the final round as they scored 70.68 for their forward 3 1/2 somersaults piked.

"We got a medal last month in Beijing so we knew it was possible," said Gallantree.

"It was a consistent performance but we know we can do more. We can both dive better than we did today."

Blagg added: "We're so happy right now - just buzzing.

"We weren't looking at the scores through the event but we were feeling confident the whole way."

Malaysian duo Ng Yan Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong gave their best performance of their debut World Series season to obtain their first medal.

Despite a sluggish start, a very promising inward 2 1/2 somersaults in the final round (68.40) nudged them up the scoreboard, giving them a bronze medal and a total of 283.80.

Laura Sanchez and Daniela Ramierez of Mexico followed closely (279.30) while Ukraine’s Olen Fedorova and Anna Pysemenska placed fifth, with a total score of 271.50.

Women's 3m Synchro Results

GOLD - Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao (China) (332.10)

SILVER - Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree (Great Britain) (305.28)

BRONZE - Ng Yan Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong (Malaysia) (283.80)

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