Medal success in Dresden
29 April 2014
The British Gas GBR Diving Team won five medals at the Dresden International Diving Youth Meet.
The team of 16 junior divers joined those from 25 countries for the four day competition held from 24 – 27 April. Shanice Lobb and Victoria Vincent both took gold in the Platform, with the pairing of James Heatly and Sam Thornton taking gold in the 3m Synchronised.
In the Platform Group A final, Lobb (Plymouth) opened well with a Front 3 ½ Somersaults Piked for 67.50 points. Although she dropped points with her middle dives, Lobb didn’t falter on her final dive and won with 420.40, just 0.35 ahead of second place Alais Kalonji (France).
In the Group B (14/15) final, 13-year old Vincent (Plymouth) had two exceptional optional dives to win the prelims with 349 points. In the final, a stunning opening dive gave Vincent a score of 9 from two judges which she followed with a solid Back 2½ Somersault Piked to take a 10 point lead going into the final round. Her final dive of a Forward 2½ Somersaults with 1 Twist Pike helped her to maintain that lead and she won gold with 340.40 points.
In the Springboard 1m 16/18, Jordan Houlden won silver in his first GBR international with 489 points, ahead of current European Junior champion Kasper Leicek from Poland who finished in fourth. The City of Sheffield diver had some great dives with his Back, Reversed and Inward 2½ Somersaults Tucked all scoring over 60 points. Duran Omar, also in his first international, stepped up from the preliminary to take a solid seventh place.
On day three Heatly and Thornton won their third gold of the season with 291.33 points in the 3m synchro. The pair led from the start with an excellent opening dive and maintained a solid lead throughout.
Their new dive in round 4 of a 2.5 somersaults 2 twists pike scored 62 points, helping to gain valuable competition experience on the 3.4 DD dive. This is the third consecutive year a boys team has won in Dresden following on from Goodfellow and Woodward in 2012 and Woodward and Haslam (Jack) in 2013.
Francesca Del Celo took bronze in the girls Springboard 1m after a below par preliminary round which saw her going through in last place. But her experience meant she had an impressive start in the finals, scoring 207.75 points from her four optional dives. Her final score of 385.95 points was just three points from silver and five from gold.