Powell wins nail-biting 10m final
9th June 2012
Stacie Powell won gold in the Women’s 10m Platform event at the British Gas Diving Championships in Sheffield, in a nail-biting final that was the most closely-fought contest of the Championships so far.
Powell came first with a total score of 376.05, narrowly beating Tonia Couch with 361.30 points and Monique Gladding with 359.30 points.
I've been focusing a lot more since Eindhoven and sharpening things up in training.
It was a return to world-beating form for Powell, who had finished eighth in the same event at the European Diving Championships in Eindhoven last month.
And she admitted she had been working hard to amend any mistakes in time for the Olympic Trials.
"I've been focusing a lot more since Eindhoven and sharpening things up in training, so all I had to do was dive like I do in training," said Powell.
"I've proved I can do my dives as well as anyone else - I'm still around!
"Everyone put up a really good fight, so it was great to be a part of it."
Second-placed Couch was also pleased to have beaten her previous personal best of 350, by more than 11 points. "I've been trying to get my PB for a while. It was a really tough competition - I knew I had to put something special in."
It was also an emotional event for bronze medal-winning Monique Gladding, who fell to third place after leading the field after the third round of dives.
"Obviously I wanted to be in the top spot but I couldn't have done any better than I did," said Gladding, who had qualified in seventh for the final.
"After this morning, I was really angry with myself but I thought that if I was going to go out, I wanted to go out with a fight.
"Every step I've taken has been about getting my confidence back; I've had to dig deeper than ever this year."
Jack Laugher took gold in the Men's 3m final with a score of 469.60, and looks almost certain to be selected for Team GB this summer.
Laugher had led the field at every stage of the final, with his Reverse 3 1/2 Somersaults drawing gasps from the crowd and scoring 94.5 points, the highest score of the competition.
There have been good points and bad points, so now I just have to work on my bad points for the Olympics.
Earlier that day, Laugher had come first in the prelims of the event with an even higher final score of 480.80, a five-point personal best and a British record.
However, Laugher was modest about his performance: "Some of my dives weren't as good as I could do them, so there is still more improvement to be made.
"This afternoon I made a couple of mistakes which shouldn't really happen. But I was only ten points off my personal best in the final.
"There have been good points and bad points, so now I just have to work on my bad points for the Olympics.
"The Olympics is a big thing in an athlete's life, so to have to wait another two days after competing to find out whether I've made it will be hell. But I'll come down to the pool to support my teammates tomorrow!"
Oliver Dingley (City of Leeds Diving Club) took silver with a score of 429.20 in a surprise result that saw him beat Men's 3m Synchro champion Chris Mears into third place on 428.05.