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Brits miss out in 1m Prelims

21 July 2013

British divers Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg finished 19th and 34th respectively in the 1m Springboard prelims on day two of the World Championships in Barcelona.

Neither of the Brits found their best form on the day but Starling improved on her 25th from her World Championship debut two years ago as she scored 224.75 – only missing out on the 12th qualification spot by 12.4 points.

"3m is my main event and having had that warm up I now feel in competition-mode ready for those prelims," - Hannah Starling"I am happy after that because I achieved the process goals that my coach wanted me to do," said Starling. "They are things like pointing my toes at a certain point in the dive and keeping my elbows tight in the entry. All of those things help towards my 3m.

"Today I focused on the little things which help make up the big picture. 3m is my main event and having had that warm up I now feel in competition-mode ready for those prelims."

Having finished sixth in the 3m Synchro on the opening day in Barcelona, Blagg never got going on the day and scored 205.00 – more than 50 points less than the 259.60 she scored to finish third in the prelims at the 2013 European Championships this year.

However, the 16-year old did find some consolation in her final dive, scoring 54.60 – her highest of the prelim – for her reverse 1.5 somersaults, 1.5 twists.

"That didn't go as I wanted it to today," said Blagg. "I know it could have gone better. I really enjoy the 1m but I used it as a warm up to the 3m later in the week.

"I am still young and I am learning how to prepare the best for big competitions.  Such a long prelim like today really teaches you a lot so I know how to improve for future.

"I have had a great season so far so I am going to take that confidence into the 3m this week."

Both Starling and Blagg – who train together under Edwin Jongejans at City of Leeds – will have a chance to make amends in the 3m Springboard prelims on Friday 26th July.

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