Couch and Toulson win first World Series medal of 2017April 22, 2017
Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson won 10m Synchro bronze at the last leg of the FINA Diving World Series 2017 in Canada.
The English pair, who finished fifth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games last summer, scored 298.62 at the event in Windsor.
China’s Si Yajie and Ren Qian took the title on 336.66 while Malaysia’s Nur Dhabitah Binti Sabri and Pandelela Pamg narrowly edged out the Brits for silver on 298.80.
Couch and Toulson were in the podium positions throughout the five rounds.
The British pair will also take confidence from their final dive in Canada, scoring 72.96 for their 5253B (Back 2 ½ somersaults, 1 ½ twists piked).
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While the Chinese were in a class of their own, Couch and Toulson’s final effort was the highest scoring optional from the rest of the field.
The result brings the British pair their first medal on the World Series this season, having finished fifth at all three previous legs.
While Toulson and Couch were the only medallists on the opening day in Windsor, the British Diving team secured two fourth places.
Fourth place finish for Daley and Goodfellow
Olympic bronze medallists Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow finished fourth in the 10m Synchro, scoring 383.28.
City of Leeds’ Kat Torrance and Scotland’s Grace Reid then scored 286.80 to finish in the same position in the 3m Synchro.
Olympic champions Jack Laugher and Chris Mears were in third in the 3m Synchro before a failed dive in in the fifth round put paid to their medal chances. They eventually finished seventh on 338.04.
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