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Ward lands individual bronze in Sydney

18th January 2013

Georgia Ward claimed Great Britain’s first individual diving medal of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival with Platform bronze in Sydney.

The Crystal Palace diver, who earned her international stripes at the European and World Junior Championships last season, scores 488.60 across her nine dives.

China’s Xiaohui Huang and Jiaming Zhu won gold and silver on 587.90 and 559.55 respectively while Great Britain’s Shanice Lobb (Plymouth Diving) finished seventh on 438.35.

Sam Thornton (Bradford Espirit) and Freddie Woodward (City of Sheffield) combined for a second medal as they sealed silver in the 3m Synchro.

This was the first time we have competed together in synchro so to win a medal is fantastic.

The British pair scored 325.92 to finish behind China’s Huan Xia and Rongquan Chen (390.39) and ahead of Australia’s Scotia Mullin and Joshua Ong (278.19).

“This was the first time me and Freddie had ever competed together in the synchro so to win a medal on our first time is fantastic,” said Thornton.

“We were looking good from the beginning as we started off with two solid dives and then we had a little bit of a shaky middle but pulled it through with our last dive and we were both really happy with how we ended it.

“It is phenomenal to have this Olympic medal around my neck. I came here hoping to get PBs and do my best but this is better than I could have hoped for really.”

Woodward was also in action in the individual 3m, finishing fifth overall on 518.30 after his 10 dives.

“I started with the individual competition and got a PB so that was great and a really solid way to start so I was really pleased,” said Woodward.

“That meant I was pumped for the synchronised event and Sam and I put in some good and consistent dives and came away with silver so I am really pleased.

I was pumped for the synchronised event and Sam and I put in some good and consistent dives.

“China are dominant in diving so it was tough against them and they ultimately won the gold but going against those guys raises your game as you want to match them.

“Competing in this great venue was fantastic and I had never dived in an Olympic pool before so it was a really great feeling and it is amazing to have a medal too on top of all of that.”

British teammate Josh Dowd (City of Leeds) was fourth on 533.70, just 9.7 points shy of Malaysia’s Yiwei Chew.

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