Brits enjoy home crowd on day one of competition
20th February 2012
The first day of competition at the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup saw the British Gas GBR Diving Team compete in the men’s 3m Synchro and the women’s 10m Platform at the London Aquatics Centre.
With Great Britain holding a host nation place in the synchro events at London 2012, the divers got to enjoy the atmosphere and get used to the Olympic pool without the pressure of qualification.
The pair scored 94.20 after the required rounds and opened their optional dives with their Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists piked to score over 80 points to move them up the leaderboard.
It was fantastic today and just before the Front 4 1/2 we were only ten points off the medals.
Their list increased with the Front 2 ½ Somersaults 2 Twists piked as they again scored over 80 points to give them an overall score of 255.96 as the competition moved into the penultimate round.
The Brits dropped points in Inward 3 ½ Somersaults tucked and it all came down to their final and hardest dive – the Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked.
The pair completed the difficult dive for a total score of 64.98 points and finished the competition with a total of 390.30 to secure 10th place.
“It was fantastic today and just before the Front 4 ½ we were ten points out from the medals,” Robinson-Baker said. “Unfortunately today it didn’t quite pay off for us but there are five months until the Olympics and we can perfect that skill. We are happy to be 10th in the world at this point.
“This morning there were some jittery nerves but this afternoon our main goal was to come in here and have a good time and enjoy the experience. The crowd were fantastic and I just can’t wait for London 2012.”
By reaching the final 18 in the event the athletes have achieved an Olympic quota place for Great Britain. The country now holds two Olympic places for the women’s 10m Platform.
Gladding had a steady start with her Inward 2 ½ Somersaults piked to score 63.00 points and the City of Sheffield diver improved from there.
Her best dive came in the third round with her Armstand Back Double Somersaults 1 ½ Twists in Free Position with scores of 7.5 to move her into third place.
For both of us today the job was to get through to the semi-final and now we can go back and focus ready for tomorrow.
She finished with her Front 3 ½ Somersaults Piked to score a total of 320.30 and finish sixth.
Powell dropped her Back 3 ½ Somersaults piked but picked herself back up and finished with one of her hardest dives, the Inward 3 ½ Somersaults tucked to finish in 14th with a score of 299.70.
After the competition Gladding said: “For both of us today the job was to get through to the semi-final and now we can go back and focus ready for tomorrow. To be fair today was about getting through this round. Finishing sixth is fantastic but we can both move forward to the semis now.”
Powell added: “There is a lot of pressure with the home crowd because you don’t want to let them down but it was so great to hear them. It is great to be back after my injury. I’m diving better now than I was back then so getting through this round with the intense pressure now I can relax a bit and enjoy it and hopefully step up a gear.”