Sarah Barrow looks back on the London leg of the World Series
2 May 2014
Sarah Barrow is one of Great Britain’s most successful 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 London leg of the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series where she won 10m Synchro silver with partner Tonia Couch.
We are so happy with how last weekend went. We had a great pool, it was a great event, plus there was some amazing diving. It was a blast!
It was the first time an event has been held in the Aquatics Centre since the Olympic Games and the memories just came flooding back. The London leg of World Series really is the best. The crowd, the facilities, we were all really looked-after and that is what made such a successful event.
Since arriving back from China and Dubai, we put a lot of effort into improving our synchro timing and parts of our individual dives. We needed to do this because we know we can dive better then we did in the previous legs.
Going into London, Tonia and I practised in the pool from the Tuesday. We were pretty happy with our preparation beforehand and when we arrived in London we felt we stepped up and we were training even better.
On competition day for our 10m Synchro, we both felt confident and I had a good feeling. The atmosphere was incredible and winning that silver medal was the best outcome we could have hoped for. We set a requireds PB, a front PB and an overall international PB on top of that.
Hearing the crowd cheer for us felt like we were back at the previous Olympic Games and World Cup. The building just carries sound and everyone helped us enjoy the moment we put ourselves in.
On Saturday, we both trained our individual dives and cheered on the team prepared for the next day competing apart, both needing a top three place to final.
I felt good going into the 10m individual event and a lot of confidence came from the synchro. I started so well but I was getting nervous going into my fourth dive and honestly I did it so bad!
I just needed 60 points (7s) to go through to the final which I can do ... but just not this time. Tonia dived very well to finish in third and go through to the later final. Women's 10m is a such a tough event but Tonia beat her score from the semi final and finished sixth. Hopefully in Russia we will both make that final!
The fourth leg is in Moscow, Russia. I think every diver knows it won't be anything like London but it is another chance for us to medal again.