Mears signs off in style
7th August 2012
Chris Mears brought his dream Olympic debut to a close with a creditable ninth place finish in the 3m Springboard final at London 2012.
The 19-year old was the youngest diver in the field but held his own against the best in the world to score 439.75 and secure the best result by a Brit in the event since Chris Snode finished fifth in 1984.
I'd like to do it once more to be honest - I wish there was another final.
Mears has enjoyed a Games to remember, having finished fifth with Nick Robinson-Baker in the 3m Synchro before setting a personal best 461.00 to qualify for the individual final.
While he couldn’t score another pb in the final, he finished in style – raising the roof in the Aquatics Centre as he scored 100.70 for his final dive – a forward 4 ½ somersaults with tuck.
And Mears insisted his experience in London would stand him in good stead ahead of the next Games in Rio.
"I enjoyed every second of that," said Mears. "I love the experience of competing in front of the home crowd.
"I'd like to do it once more to be honest - I wish there was another final.
"It feels weird that it was my last action of the Games. I've learned a lot from it and hopefully I will take this experience on to Rio."
After a solid 72.00 for his opening dive – a back 2 ½ somersaults in pike – Mears scored a relatively low 58.50 for his reverse 2 ½ somersaults in pike and slipped down to 12th.
That's the first time I've ever hit triple figures and I can't really argue with that.
He regained ground with his third and fourth efforts, scoring 74.25 and 78.20 for them to climb up to 11th before a missed dive in the fifth round suggested a top-10 finish would pass him by.
But the teenager was determined to sign off with a bang and received 9s and an 8.5 for a stunning final dive, passing the 100 mark for a single dive for the first time in his career.
"It was a brilliant way to end," said Mears. "That's the first time I've ever hit triple figures and I really can't argue with that.
"A couple of my dives before that weren't very good and I didn't want to let the home crowd down so I hit that last one pretty hard."