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Platform glory for Waterfield

27 Jun 2010

The final day of the British Gas Diving Championships saw Olympians Peter Waterfield and Rebecca Gallantree win gold in the men’s 10m Platform and 3m Springboard to draw the prestigious competition to a close.

Olympic silver medallist Peter Waterfield stormed to the men’s 10m Platform title after dominating his final with a series of world class dives.

Waterfield began the preliminary with a Front 3 ½ Somersaults and scored 9.5s to show his intent to the rest of the field.

He didn’t score as well in his first round dive but gave the crowd what they were waiting for with his Back 3 ½ Somersaults piked. He had a near perfect entry and scored four tens to secure his win.

The Southampton diver took gold with a score of 472.50.

“I got the score needed for qualification to the Commonwealth Games,” Waterfield said. “This will be my third Commonwealths and hopefully I can get another gold medal.

“I did really well in my prelim today but I had a shaky start to the final. I was trying to make sure I had enough points to qualify. It would have been good if Tom had been there today. He would have pushed me on further.

The City of Leeds Diving Club has enjoyed an impressive weekend with a total of 10 medals - five gold, two silver and three bronze. Olympian Rebecca Gallantree topped off their success in the 3m Spingboard.

Rebecca Gallantree secured her first gold medal of the competition with a strong performance.

Gallantree recently finished in fourth place at the FINA World Cup in the 10m Synchro. The City of Leeds diver had to miss the same event in Sheffield due to Stacie Powell pulling out through injury.

Gallantree had the hardest list in the final and looked strong throughout the rounds. She scored highest on her Inward 2 ½ Somersaults tucked after landing her dive well.

She secured gold with a total score of 294.25.

“I feel good to have won,” Gallantree said. “I could have done better on my Front 3 ½. It wasn’t as good as I wanted. I know I can do better.

“Preparation for this competition has been tricky because we only recently returned from China so I am happy to win that event.

Silver was won by Grace Reid (Edinburgh Diving) who scored 273.75 and City of Leeds’ Alicia Blagg won bronze with a score of 271.45.

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