Consistent Brits finish seventh in Shanghai
19 July 2011
Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears put in a consistent display to finish seventh in their first World Championships as a Synchro pairing.
Having progressed through the morning preliminaries in eighth on 375.66, the duo raised their game for the 3m Synchro final in Shanghai to score 403.68.
This is our first World Championships together so to come here and get seventh in the world is pretty good.
Hosts China continued to dominate the competition with Qin Kai and Luo Yutong taking gold with 463.98 ahead of Russia’s Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov (451.89) in silver and Mexico’s Yahel Castillo and Julian Sanchez (437.61) in bronze.
"It was good to have a consistent performance," said Robinson-Baker. "We had a steady list of dives. This is our first World Championships together and Chris' first of his career so to come here and to get seventh in the world is pretty good.
"It gives us confidence ahead of next year. I'm originally from London so to compete at an Olympic Games in my home city is something I'm really looking forward to.
"We're going to look at how we can improve on our performance and develop our list of dives."
But the British pair - who finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games last season - performed solidly throughout the competition, finishing their opening two required dives with 98.40 before scoring more than 77 points for the first three of their four optional dives.
The duo’s forward 3.5 somersaults pike was the highlight, receiving 78.12 from the judges, while their forward 2.5 somersaults, 2 twists pike was awarded 77.52 and their reverse 2.5 somersaults, 1.5 twists pike scored 77.22.
The seventh place equals Robinson-Baker’s result from the 2009 World Championships in Rome, where he competed with Ben Swain.