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Denny and Vincent land first British titles

7 June 2014

Two of the closest finals of the competition were fought out on day two of the British Gas Diving Championships 2014 in Sheffield.

James Denny pulled out a last gasp victory in the men’s 3m Springboard after scoring 91.20 for his final dive.

"That was the best event of my life. It started off a bit shaky but I couldn't ask for anything better than to finish on a Front 4 ½ like that," - James DennyThe City of Leeds diver went into the last round in second place behind Oliver Dingley but claimed victory with a total score of 434.45.

Denny needed 80 points from his final dive to win the gold and he performed an excellent Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked to claim the top spot on the podium.

“That was the best event of my life,” Denny said. “It started off a bit shaky but to finish on a Front 4 ½ like that I couldn’t ask for anything better. I stayed nice and steady throughout the prelim and came out on top so that gave me a massive boost coming into that final.

Click here to watch video interviews with the gold medallists from Sheffield.“I try not to think about what others are doing and just focus on what I am doing. But obviously I could see the score and it was a bit nerve wracking and I was stood on the boards shaking for my last dive.”

Dingley (Southend Diving) won silver with a score of 423.10 and Sam Thornton (City of Leeds) won bronze in 381.40 points. International guest Yona Knight-Wisdom scored a total of 381.55.

In the closest final of the British Championships so far 13-year old Victoria Vincent won her first senior title.

The lead changed hands three times through the five rounds and Vincent showed maturity above her years to keep her composure and take the lead in the penultimate round.

The Plymouth diver scored an impressive 70.00 points for her Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults tucked to move ahead by just two points.

She executed an excellent Front 3 ½ Somersaults piked to finished with 310.70 to earn her the gold medal.

“It is a really great feeling to win the gold here today,” Vincent said. “I’m a junior diver so you don’t expect to win at a senior competition. I had no expectations going into today. I was just hoping to get into the final but coming first is just the icing on the cake really.

“I was quite nervous ahead of the final because I really wanted to dive well and consistently. I just really wanted to do well in this competition. I never thought I would score over 300 this weekend so it was a really good performance for me.”

Georgia Ward (Crystal Palace) scored 300.60 for the silver medal and Shanice Lobb (Plymouth Diving) won the bronze with a total of 294.40.

Rebecca Gallantree and Hannah Starling (City of Leeds) won the gold medal in the women’s 3m Synchro with a score of 303.75 points. Millie Hafferty and Millie Fowler (City of Sheffield) finished second with a total of 262.80.

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