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Couch finishes Champs with ninth in 10m Platform

21 July 2011

Tonia Couch brought her 2011 World Diving Championship campaign to a close with a dogged performance in the 10m Platform final.

Having guaranteed a British quota place for the women’s 10m Platform at London 2012 by reaching the final, the Plymouth diver scored 315.05 to finish ninth overall.

I'm happy with the final - I stepped up from the prelim and improved my ranking.

The 22-year old has had a successful week in Shanghai, finishing fourth in the 10m Synchro with partner Sarah Barrow before making safe progress through to the individual final.

Couch performed consistently throughout the final with her final dive (reverse 2.5 somersaults tuck) the highlight of the list, receiving 67.50 from the judges.

"I'm happy with my final," said Couch. "I stepped up from the prelim and improved my ranking.

"The dives were okay. Not the best they could be but okay.

"I'm very chuffed to have made my fourth world final in a row and it feels really great to prove myself at this level.

"The aim was to get the Olympic spot and a World Series position. I just missed out on the World Series but to give Great Britain an Olympic place feels pretty good."

Earlier in the day, 16-year old Jack Laugher reached the 3m Springboard final in his first World Championship appearance.

It feels so good to be in the final at my first World Championships - I'm loving the experience so far.

The double world junior champion squeezed into the semi finals in 17th but raised his game for his semi appearance, scoring 436.60 to progress 11th into tomorrow’s final.

His performance also guarantees Great Britain a quota place for the men’s 3m Springboard at London 2012.

“I’m really happy to have made that final,” said Laugher, who finished 33rd overall in the 1m Springboard earlier in the week.

“It feels so good to be in there at my first World Championships. The 1m wasn’t my best performance but I used that as a way of getting into the competition.

“I’ve learned so much from being here and I’m just loving the experience so far.”

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