10m Mixed Synchro silver for GBMay 15, 2016
Matty Lee and Georgia Ward claimed their second medal together, this time adding a 10m Mixed Synchro silver to the GB medal haul at the London 2016 European Championships.
Rebecca Gallantree finished in fourth place after a nail-biting final round in the 3m Springboard, but the English diver was denied a medal by GB teammate Grace Reid.
Terrific performance in 10m Mixed Synchro
The young duo, Ward and Lee, showed that their worth during the 10m Mixed Synchro event, stepping up their game from their bronze medal win in the Team event on opening night.
The silver medal win took the total number of medals for GB to nine medals, seven more than at any other European games. For Ward it has been an impressive competition, taking more medals than any other diver at the competition.
The synchro pair finished just over five points behind Ukrainians Prokopchuck and Dolgov, but they had been hot on their heels throughout the event.
Lee commented, “I think it went really well, it feels amazing, especially after doing the team event when we got bronze. Then getting a silver in this event is even better.
“We’ll will be doing more mixed synchro, Georgia has just learned a new dive so we’re going to try and get that in synch and then use it, and hopefully that will give us the opportunity to have a shot at gold.”
“There are always things to take away from competitions, my entries could have been cleaner for example, but we’re working on those. But overall we are happy.” – Georgia Ward
Ward added, “I think the event definitely gave us some confidence, and the fact that we know each other really well now because we competed together last year in the mixed synchro, and that we have competed here before, helped a lot.”
Gallant effort in the 3m Springboard event
Rebecca Gallantree put in a great performance in the Women’s 3m Springboard event, executing some excellent dives over the five rounds.
The experienced GB diver seemed to have it all wrapped up, sitting in third place for the majority of the rounds. The last round seemed to get away from Gallantree who scored 323.25, and Grace Reid pulled out a spectacular finishing dive to climb five points ahead of her GB teammate for the bronze medal.
Gallantree commented on the performance, “I’m a little bit disappointed, fourth is a really tough position to come in. I dived really well and I am pleased with how most of them went.
“I was happy with the score, but it was a little bit frustrating to come so close to the medal.” – Rebecca Gallantree
“The competition was tough, there were a lot of really good divers in there. It’s been a really fun competition and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m really excited to come back tomorrow when I’ll be competing in the synchro with my partner Alicia, so we will see what we can do tomorrow.”