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06 Jul 2009
Final dives proved to be decisive on the last day of the British Gas ASA National Age Group Diving Championships in Leeds, as several events were taken to nail-biting conclusions.

In the Boys Group D 1m, eventual winner Charlie Minns (Albatross DC) was in a convincing lead going into his fifth and final dive but he dropped his back one and half somersault in pike position to leave him with a score of 150.90. But, despite some good final dives, second place Martin Christensen (Cambridge Dive Team) and Hal Watts (Albatross DC) were unable to close the gap.

It was a similar story in the Girls Group B Platform event, where Maddie Maranian (Beaumont DA) was sat in third position going into her sixth dive but her inward double somersault in tuck position scored her 37.80 with the judges. Her overall score of 208.10 was better than her two nearest rivals Jaimee Gundry (Southampton DA) who finished with 207.30 and Caroline Daniel (RTW Monson) who finished with 204.95.

Gavin Bayliss also managed to fend off a challenge from Harrogate District DC team mate Adam Goundry to clinch the title in the Boys Group B 1m final. Bayliss took the slenderest of leads into the seventh dive (0.20 points) but was able to hold his form and outscore Goundry, securing the gold medal with 250.65.

For a full round-up of all the results from the meet CLICK HERE.


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