Dixon and Williams win Grand Prix gold at Canada CupApril 11, 2017
Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams combined to land synchro gold at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Gatineau, Canada.
The English pair had more than 50 points in hand on the field as they sealed the title on 406.32 points for their six dives.
France’s Alexis Jandard and Lois Szymczak, who were sixth at last year’s European Championships in London, were next best on 348.84 while USA’s Jordan Windle and Ryan Hawkins claimed bronze on 335.67.
The young British pair were the only entrants in the same event at this year’s National Cup in Plymouth, scoring 391.86 in February.
And they underlined their potential as a partnership with six consistent dives in Canada, including 80.64 for their first optional, 407C (inward 3 ½ somersaults tucked).
Matthew Dixon claims maiden individual medal
Dixon also claimed a maiden individual senior international medal in Canada, impressing to win 10m Platform bronze.
The 16-year old Plymouth diver, who won the European Junior title last year, was second in the prelims and won his semi final before finishing third in the final.
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Dixon saved his best performance for the final, scoring 446.25 to join China’s Yang Jian (550.60) and Canada’s Vincent Riendeau (457.25) on the podium.
After an encouraging prelim performance of 396.95 to place fifth, British National Cup champion Williams missed out on the final after finishing fourth in his semi on 366.00.
Hat-trick of fourths for Sheffield divers
City of Sheffield’s young divers also impressed in Canada, finishing fourth in three events.
Millie Haffety racked up an individual PB in the 3m Springboard, reaching the final where she finished fourth on 294.40.
4th place finish for Millie Haffety in the Women's 3 Metre event with a new PB score in her first ever senior international final! ??? pic.twitter.com/rXdLjt7buo
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Millie Fowler and Ross Haslam were fourth in the Mixed 3m Synchro on 276.33 while Haslam combined with his brother Jack to finish fourth in the Men’s 3m Synchro on 367.38.
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