British divers begin medal rush in Poland
3rd July 2013
The British Gas GBR Diving Team have won a medal in each of the four opening events of the 2013 European Junior Diving Championships in Poland.
Matty Lee was the first to land an individual prize, claiming bronze in the Group B 1m Springboard.
Having qualified strongly in second place, the City of Leeds diver recovered from a couple of missed dive to land an impressive back 2 ½ somersaults piked to bounce back into the medal positions on 389.00.
Lee will aim to defend his 3m title on Friday.
Bethany Watts became the second British individual medallist of the meet as she won bronze in the Group A Platform.
The Southampton diver and teammate Georgia Ward (Crystal Palace) progressed to the final in second and third before the former ultimately prevailed in a competitive final.
Finishing behind the Russian pair of Ekaterina Petukhova (448.20) and Daria Govor (396.05), Watts claimed her medal on 377.00 with Ward sixth overall on 370.55.
Great Britain’s other medals came in the boy’s 3m Synchro and in the opening day’s mixed team event.
Jack Haslam and Freddie Woodward put in a consistent performance for silver in the 3m Synchro, scoring 309.00 to finish behind Russia’s Ilia Molchanov and Ilia Kuzmin (331.62).
Meanwhile, Lee, Dan Goodfellow, Shanice Lobb and London 2012 Olympian Alicia Blagg combined for silver in the mixed team, scoring 213.50 to finish second, once again behind Russia.
"The team event is a great way to get the competitions underway,” said Blagg.
“I really enjoyed doing the mixed synchro with Matty Lee and maybe Becky [Gallantree] needs to look out, as I have a new partner in the making.
“The only problem is convincing Matty to put on a girls suit on!
“It was a great way of building team spirit and as a team we did really well."
Blagg kicks off her campaign in the Group A 1m Springboard on Thursday.