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Banks and Martin claim World Junior Diving Championships silver

Phoebe Banks and Emily Martin have won Great Britain’s second medal of the Fina World Junior Diving Championships in Ukraine.

The duo claimed silver in the Girls’ A and B Synchronised Platform in Kiev with a score of 278.79.

They were 36.09 points behind the gold medallists  Shiyon Lai and Jailing Liu, of China, who scored 314.88. Romania’s Nicoleta-Angelica Muscalu and Antonia-Mihaela Pavel won the bronze medal with a total of 265.44.

It proved to be a happy return to Kiev for Banks, who won a European Diving Championships gold with Ruby Bower there last year.

Banks said: “We are pretty happy about the medal and its colour.

Silver is an achievement

“We tried to concentrate on each individual dive and did not think about the resulting placements. 

“Coming back to Kiev was pretty exciting for me and, again, I managed to get good fruits. Silver is an achievement indeed, because there were a lot of strong duos in the competition.”

It was Great Britain’s first medal since the opening day of the competition, when they claimed gold in the Mixed Team Event.

In the Girls’ A 1m Springboard, Yasmin Harper finished seventh with a score of 383.05, while Victoria Vincent was 10th on 371.55

Jamie Zilling came 11th in the Girls’ B Platform with a score of 279.65, while Anthony Harding and Oliver Crompton were 17th in the Boys’ A and B Synchronised Springboard after finishing on 228.90.

Harding was also ninth in the Boys’ A 1m Springboard with a total of 479.45 points and Ben Cutmore came seventh in the Boys’ B Platform final after finishing on 433.20.

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