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Couch and Barrow secure fifth in 10m Synchro

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31st July 2012

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow clocked up their best international score of the season to finish fifth in the 10m Synchro diving at London 2012.

The British pair have been making history this season, becoming the first British women to win FINA World Cup medals with bronze on their first visit to London Aquatics Centre in February.

I think we both had a great experience - we scored higher than we did when we became European champions so it was still a great performance.

Then, in May, Couch and Barrow became Great Britain’s first female European diving medallists since 1938 as they sealed gold in Eindhoven.

But the British girls knew they would have to raise their games again for the Olympics with their winning tally of 319.56 from Eindhoven more than 10 points shy of Mexico’s score to win bronze at the last Games in Beijing.

And while they did outscore their European tally with a total of 321.72, it ultimately wasn’t enough for an historic podium place as Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion claimed bronze on 337.62.

China’s world champions Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao won gold on 368.40 ahead of Mexico’s Paola Espinosa Sanchez and Alejandra Orozco Loza on 343.32.

"I think we both had a great experience today," said Couch. "Our requireds were just brilliant and it definitely gave us a bit of a boost.

"Our optionals weren't as good as normal but we still scored higher than we did when we became European champions so it was still a great performance."

The Brits started positively, landing two seamless ‘required’ dives, scoring 54.00 for their reverse dive and another 53.40 for their back dive to lie second overall on 107.40.

But Couch and Barrow dropped down to sixth after their third dive, scoring 68.16 for their an inward 3 ½ somersault in tuck.

We fought back and it was a good dive at the end to put us back to fifth.

Their fourth dive – a forward 3 ½ somersaults in pike – was a marked improvement but the lower degree of difficulty meant they scored 68.40 to move on to 243.96 – still sixth with one round of dives remaining.

And Couch and Barrow saved their best dive until last, scoring 75.84 for their back 2 ½ somersaults, 1.5 twists in pike to move above Germany and ensure they were the top European finishers on the day.

Barrow added: "I'm slightly disappointed but we did really well through those first two rounds.

"I had a little bit of drop on the inward but we fought back and it was a good dive at the end to put us back to fifth."

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