Blagg and Gallantree kickstart diving competition
29th July 2012
Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree kicked off Team GB’s diving campaign at London 2012 with a seventh-place finish in the 3m Synchro.
The British pair started strongly, lying fourth after scoring 102 for their opening two ‘required’ dives in which all pairs must perform dives with a difficult of 2.0.
The crowd out there is just mind-blowing - really, really fantastic.
Having finished 15th at last year’s World Championships, the Brits were holding their own in world class company.
After dropping down the leaderboard slightly with sixes for their third dive – a reverse 2.5 somersaults – Blagg and Gallantree bounced back, both scoring eights for their forward 2.5 somersaults, 1 twist.
An error on their final dive - a reverse 2.5 somersaults - saw their hopes of a top five finish disappear but Gallantree – who will also compete in the individual 3m competition later in the Games – was adamant the Brits had made the most of their experience.
“It was absolutely incredible,” said Gallantree. “The crowd out there is just mind-blowing – really, really fantastic.
“The result could have been a bit better but there were a lot of positives in there as well.
“We weren’t really looking at the medal placings during the rounds – we just stayed focused on what we had to do.”
While Gallantree competed at the last Olympics in Beijing, this was Blagg’s first Games and, at 15-years old, she is the youngest aquatics member of Team GB.
It was my first Games and an absolutely incredible experience.
And after enjoying her first taste of the Olympic stage, the teenager admitted she was determined to return in four years time.
“It was my first Games and an absolutely incredible experience,” said Blagg.
“We were very happy with the first two dives but I missed my last dive and third dive.
“Hopefully I’ve got a few more Games ahead of me to improve.”