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Thornton completes hat-trick at Elite Juniors

31 May 2014

Sam Thornton claimed his third gold of the British Gas Elite Junior Diving Championships as he landed the Group A 1m Springboard title on day three in Plymouth.

Having won 3m Synchro and 3m Springboard golds on the opening two days, the City of Leeds diver continued his dominance of the springboard events, winning the prelim before securing the title on 505.50.

Click here for full results from Plymouth.Thornton's 3m Synchro partner James Heatly (Edinburgh) returned to the podium for silver on 467.70 while Southend's Duran Omer won bronze on 440.60.

Shanice Lobb added another gold to Plymouth's medal tally, scoring 392.45 in the Girls A Platform event.

The 16-year old won bronze at the past two European Junior Championships in the Group B age group but showed she's now one to watch in the top age group as she landed gold on 392.45.

Southampton’s Gemma McArthur claimed the second podium spot for Southampton, recording a score of 369.25 while the bronze medal went to Crystal Palace's Jing Leung with 360.00.

Matthew Dixon put Plymouth on top in the Group B 3m Springboard as he closed in on his third consecutive individual clean sweep at this event.

The 14-year old won the 1m, 3m and Platform titles in the Group C age group in 2012 and 2013, and looks set to do the same in his first season as a Group B diver, scoring 457.65 to add the 3m title to his 1m gold from day two.

City of Leeds' William Hallam (417.80) and Anthony Harding (401.55) joined DIxon on the podium with silver and bronze respectively, mirroring the results in the Group B 1m Springboard.

City of Sheffield came out on top in the Group B Girls' 1m Springboard as Sarah Leach claimed the gold in a nail-biting final, scoring 314.80 to hold off Plymouth’s Blaise Fise (314.35) and Sheffield’s Millie Haffety (311.25).

Owen Harrison won the Group C 3m Springboard title for City of Sheffield as he scored 343.75 to finish ahead of Southend's Connor Van-Dal (338.95) and Star Diving’s Alfie Brown (309.20) while the Girls' Group C Platform title went to Bradford Espirit's Holly Waxman (321.10) ahead of City of Leeds' Emily Bearpark (309.80) and Southampton's Emily Martin (278.90).

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