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Divers show promise in Tucson

The first day of the FINA World Junior Diving Championships saw four athletes in the mix as the competition began with the 1m and 3m Springboard events.

Alicia Blagg and Hannah Starling were the first British athletes that took to the boards and both began the 1m Springboard prelims well.

Blagg enjoyed consistency in her dives and qualified for the final in ninth place. Starling was looking close to joining her in the final but dropped her penultimate dive and finished in 14th place to miss the final by just five points.

City of Leeds diver Blagg looked more comfortable in the final as she attacked her dives and picked up good scores for her Front 2 ½ Somersaults Piked to move closer to the medals.

At the end of the final Blagg found herself just outside of the medals in fourth place. She scored a total of 346.40 which was just two points away from bronze.

Tom Daley was the next Brit to take to a final and like Blagg he qualified in ninth place for the Boys’ 3m Springboard. The Platform specialist, who is continuing his treatment for a tricep tear, was aiming to improve on his recent performance at the Youth Olympics where he finished ninth in the 3m Springboard.

Daley finished in sixth place in a final that saw the lead exchange hands in every round. The Brit scored a total of 538.95 to finish as the second best European diver.

Oliver Dingley finished in 18th place overall with a score of 485.90.

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