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Blagg crowned double European Junior champion

6th July 2013

Alicia Blagg secured her second gold medal of the European Junior Championships after winning the girls’ 3m Springboard.

"I just went into the final thinking the only way is up and kept thinking positively." - Alicia Blagg Blagg had a shaky prelim after dropping two dives and went into the final ranked in seventh place. She knew she had to use all of her experience to her advantage and she held her nerve well.

The 16-year old scored her highest marks in her first and third round dives with a huge score of 73.50 for her Front 2 ½ Somersaults 1 Twist piked and then backed it up with her Back 2 ½ Somersaults piked.

She took the number one place with a final score of 472.05 points.

"I was pretty worried going into the last round of the prelim because I was thinking that I wasn't going to make it to the final," Blagg said. "So there was a lot of pressure on me to do my last dive well. But luckily it went well and put me into the final. 

"I did probably the best three dives I've ever done and I was just so happy and shocked that it happened. I wanted to come to Junior Europeans to get more experience in my preparation for Barcelona and to come home with two titles is just amazing. I'm just so happy."

Francesca Del Celo finished in sixth place after scoring a total of 400.30.

Matty Lee won his third medal of the competition with silver in the boys’ Platform final and after opening with an impressive Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists piked he kept his scores high.

The 15-year old was overtaken by Russia’s Boris Efremov and the Brit took silver with 458.45 points.

Freddie Woodward and Josh Dowd finished in ninth and 11th place respectively in the boys’ 1m Final. Woodward scored a total of 453.55 and Dowd finished with 422.50 points.

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