International PB sees Mears squeeze through
6th August 2012
Chris Mears held his nerve to set an international PB and secure a 3m Springboard semi-final spot on his Olympic debut at London 2012.
The 19-year old – who finished fifth with Nick Robinson-Baker in the 3m Synchro earlier in the Games – dived consistently throughout to progress 18th with 436.05.
With a score like that I knew I'd be there or thereabouts but it was a really hard prelim.
He briefly slipped out of the top 18 after a shaky third dive – a reverse 2 ½ somersaults, 1 ½ twists in pike – saw him receive 64.35.
But Mears immediately bounced back into contention, scoring 81.60 for his forward 2 ½ somersaults, 2 ½ twists in pike – his highest score of the list.
He had a nervous wait after scoring 74.10 for his final dive – the forward 4 ½ somersaults with tuck – but after squeezing through in the final qualification spot, he admitted
"With a score like that I knew I'd be there or thereabouts but it was a really hard prelim," said Mears. "I've never seen a score that high to get in to the semi-finals before.
"The crowd were brilliant again and exactly how I expected them to be after the synchro.
"I was buzzing after the synchro to get back out in front of the crowd again and it was fantastic.
"I nailed the reverse which I'm really happy with because it hadn't been going that well in training."
Fellow teenager Jack Laugher – also making his Olympic debut at London – missed out on the semi-finals after finishing 27th on 330.00.
The 17-year old has underlined his potential with eighth place finishes at last year’s World Championships and this season’s World Cup.
But a missed third dive and and a failed final effort saw Laugher slip out of contention in a high-class competition.