Super Sunday for Noah Williams as he seals British National Diving Cup title in styleFebruary 13, 2022
Olympian Noah Williams enjoyed a super Sunday as he led from start to finish on his way to the Men’s 10m Platform title at the British National Diving Cup.
Williams had been in scintillating form during the preliminary round, scoring a huge 530.70 points for his six dives.
And although he couldn’t replicate that score in the final, he topped the rankings throughout to seal the gold medal ahead of his Dive London Aquatics team-mate, Ben Cutmore.
Williams was put under pressure by Cutmore going into his final dive, a forward 4½ somersaults in tuck and he knew any mistake would see the title slip from his grasp.
However, he picked up his highest score of the final, 88.80 points, to finish on 448.50 – 9.50 ahead of Cutmore who had to settle for the silver.
Kyle Kothari made it a clean sweep of the podium places for Dive London Aquatics as he finished third with a score of 413.05.
Williams said: “It’s gone well today.
“It’s a good learning experience, I experimented a little and changed my dive order. That obviously worked really well in the prelims but I was feeling a little fatigued in the final,
“It’s great to come away with first but it wasn’t as good as that prelim. Because I got a PB there, there was so much adrenaline going, and after that, it dies off a little.
“You obviously have to come and do it again in the final, so it’s a good learning experience for me so I know that when I do well in the prelims, I have to stay calm to be able to deliver again and do it in the final.
“In terms of that final dive, even in the prelim, I was setting myself other goals before my last dive, aiming for a score and trying to make sure I broke 500.
“It’s the same – it’s just that instead of a score, I’m trying to beat someone.
“I’m always trying to make sure I put myself under pressure, even if there’s not pressure from the field, just so I can always perform.”
Grace at the double
Grace Reid secured a British National Diving Cup double as she added the Women’s 3m Springboard gold to the 1m title she won on the opening day of the competition.
The two-time Olympian was forced to rely on all her experience, however, after being pushed all the way for the top spot.
Less than five points separated the Dive London Aquatic Club duo of Reid and Desharne Bent-Ashmeil after three dives.
However, Reid then picked up scores of 63.00 and 66.00 for her final two dives to finish on 312.60 and top the podium.
Luton Diving Club’s Amy Rollinson – who partnered Bent-Ashmeil to Women’s 3m Synchro victory – eventually took the silver medal on 291.40 points, with City of Sheffield’s Yasmin Harper taking the bronze with a score of 285.00.