Bronze for British diving pair
13th August 2010
Megan Sylvester and Monique Gladding stormed to their first European medal in the Women’s 10m Synchro at the European Diving Championships in Budapest.
After the first round they found themselves in fifth place and kept their cool to move up to third place with their second required dive - the Back ½ Somersault piked.
I'm so happy to get that medal after what has been a really tough year for both of us.
The British pair dived consistently throughout the rest of the rounds but capped their solid performance with their final dive with which they scored 74.88 to finish in third place with a score of 300.66 to win the bronze medal.
“I'm so happy to get that medal after what has been a really tough year for both of us,” said Gladding. “It’s great to turn the corner and show what we can do when we're fit.
“I had hip surgery this time last year and the recovery from that is a long process but I feel like I'm well on the way and results like this really help.”
Sylvester added: “We've not done a lot training this year because of Monique's hip and the fact I've grown four inches which means we've had to start over with how I approach the dives.
“It changes how quickly you spin, when you take off and in this event to come through all that for a medal is great.
“We had a solid list of dives and held it together before saving the best until last for the medal.”
Gold was won by Germany’s Christin Steuer and Nora Subschinski with a score of 319.68 and silver went to Iulia Prokopchuk and Alina Chaplenko (Ukraine) in 306.30 points.