British pair equal Olympic best
1st August 2012
Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears turned in a star performance to finish fifth in the 3m Synchro at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The British pair scored 432.60 for their six dives – a tally which would have landed silver at the last Olympics in Beijing and bronze at this season’s World Cup and European Championships.
We were buzzing the whole way through - I'd get up and do it again now if I could.
Robinson-Baker and Mears were four points shy of their season’s best from the fourth leg of this season’s World Series in Tijuana.
But they would have had to add at least 10 points on to their British record to claim a medal as USA’s Troy Dumas and Kristian Ipsen scored 446.70 for bronze.
China’s Luo Yutong and Qin Kai won gold on 477.00 ahead of Russia’s Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov on 459.63.
But having each achieved the best results of their careers and equaled the best performance by a British male 3m Synchro pair at the Olympics, the British duo were delighted.
“It isn’t our PB but 432 in the final at the Olympics Games when it’s the highest standard it’s ever been is a phenomenal result for us,” said Robinson-Baker, who finished seventh with Ben Swain in the same event in Beijing four years ago.
“We were buzzing the whole way through – I’d get up and do it again now if I could.
“The two Russians are amazing talents – they’re young and they train so hard and it shows.
“Obviously the Americans are a mixture of experience and youth and they’ve smashed it and that’s what it’s all about.”
The British pair started strongly, scoring 52.20 for each of their requireds – a back dive and a reverse dive – to sit sixth ahead of the four optionals.
And Robinson-Baker and Mears stayed consistently solid throughout, scoring 77.22 for their reverse 2 ½ somersaults, 1 ½ twists then 78.54 for their forward 2 ½ somersaults, 2 twists.
Such was the strength of the field that the Brits lay seventh with two dives remaining on 260.16.
But as other pairs began to falter, Robinson-Baker and Mears hit their highest notes, scoring 84.66 for their inward 3 ½ somersaults to climb up to fifth on 344.82.
We definitely used the home environment and home crowd to our advantage.
The Brits had left their hardest dive until last but a well-executed forward 4 ½ somersaults from both men handed them another 87.78 points as they closed their competition on a high.
“We definitely used the home environment and home crowd to our advantage,” said Mears.
“Our first two dives could have been slightly better but that kept us in the running and our last two divers were really good.
“Diving third in the order, we were always going to be putting pressure on other people and waiting for them to make mistakes.”