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Double medal success at FINA Diving World Series in Kazan

Double medal success for Great Britain as they bagged two bronze medals on the final day of the penultimate leg in the FINA Diving World Series.

Tom Daley claimed the first of the day’s medals for Great Britain as he finished third in the Men’s 10m Platform with a score of 520.40, less than three points behind Russia’s Aleksandr Bondar (522.60).

Daley scored an impressive 102.60 in his sixth and final dive, which was his only dive to score more than 100 points in the final.

The margin was narrow, but it was the home nation who took silver in Kazan through Bondar, with China’s Hao Yang leading the way. His score of 537.05 earned him the gold medal.

There was also a birthday bronze for Grace Reid, who turned 23 earlier in the week. Her partnership with Daley in the Mixed 3m Synchro saw them finish third on the podium.

The pair almost had another silver to add to those won at the Montreal leg of the competition, starting off strongly with the highest scoring required dive of all the synchro partnerships after the first two rounds.

However, the later rounds saw them drop to third to claim Great Britain’s second bronze of the day, China and Australia battled it out for the gold and silver positions.

In the end it was Australia’s Domonic Bedggood and Maddison Keeney who finished on top, scoring 318.12 points in comparison to the 313.26 of Yiwen Chen and Xiaohu Tai from China.

Similar to Daley, Reid also had the opportunity to take home two medals as she competed in the Women’s 3m Springboard final.

Despite a strong performance, she missed out on an individual medal, finishing in fifth position with a total score of 290.05.

The two Chinese athletes, Yani Chang (302.20) and Shan Lin (303.60), took bronze and silver while Canadian diver Jennifer Abel (330.60) won gold.

Kat Torrance also competed in the Women’s 3m Springboard event but narrowly missed out on a place in the final, finishing fourth in the first semi-final.

Great Britain’s athletes will be heading home for the final leg of the FINA Diving World Series, the London Aquatics Centre will hold the fifth leg between Friday 17 May and Sunday 19 May.

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