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Sarah Barrow blogs from the European Diving Champs

25th June 2013

Sarah Barrow is one of Great Britain’s most succesful female platform divers of all time, having won European gold and World Cup bronze for 10m Synchro in 2012. In this blog, she looks back on the 2013 European Championships, where she impressed to finish fourth in the individual 10m and claim silver with partner Tonia Couch in the synchro.

Dealing with pressure

Going into competition, a lot of expectation from myself and from others has been put on our shoulders over the last year and I do find it difficult to try and put it to the back of my mind.

Find out more about Sarah and her GB teammates on our Athlete Profile Pages.I am so used to competing to see how well I can do in my own little bubble, the bubble seems to have expanded recently.

But I was excited to compete in another individual European competition and to wipe away the last Europeans disaster of 2010 where I finished 14th.

Training alongside Tonia in Plymouth helps us both to prepare for our individual and synchro competitions so when we go away together we can do the same thing we do at home.

Coming close in the individual

Individual was first and I was happy enough with my performance to cruise through to the final in third position.

A final is always a different story. Starting from scratch, it is all to play for in the final. I went steady and, enjoying the competition, was fourth going into the last round.

A final is always a different story - starting from scratch, it's all to play for.

I had the same twist dive as the German in front of me and she got 7s which I knew I could beat ... I did the dive ... unfortunately, this time, it didn't happen and I was gutted with fourth!

I've produced much higher scores from previous competitions this year and with Tonia also annoyed with her competition, we were so ready to kick ass in the synchro.

Time to kick ass in the synchro

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow diving synchronised 10m

With only Europeans and World Championships having a prelim and a final for synchro, it was great preparation for Barcelona where the World Champs will be held this summer.

The prelim went well and going into the final in first place was just what we wanted for a positive place.

I always try to chill out and relax in between any competition, but this time it was a little difficult after being asked to undergo a anti-doping drugs test before finals!!

I was nervous for the final but good-nervous.

Tonia and I did our best set of required dives to score 106.20, leading the competition by 10 points.

The next dive I still cant believed i flopped. Under the water I knew what I had done and honestly I didn't want to come up. We were now siting second, 10 points behind the Russians.

Coming back strong after a blowed dive is always hard but with our experience Tonia and I were still more than gutted to finish behind the Russians in second place. I guess it could also be seen as a good thing, but never before have I seen second place as losing! It all came down to expectation and I need to work on that.

Next stop World Championships!

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow win 10m Synchro silver at the European Diving Championships 2013

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