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Jorden Fisher-Eames celebrates his birthday with European Gold

Jorden Fisher-Eames will celebrate his birthday in style as he took Britain’s second gold at the European Junior’s Diving Championships with victory in the Boys B Platform Final.

On another successful day for Great Britain in Bucharest, Hugo Thomas and Leon Baker also added to the medal tally by taking silver in the A/B Boys 3m Synchro Final.

Fisher-Eames, who’s birthday was yesterday, took the title by the narrowest of margins after an incredibly close battle with Italy’s Simone Conte.

After coming through the preliminaries in fourth place, Fisher-Eames was in a strong position heading into the four rounds of dives.

The Luton Diver moved himself up to third after the opening round of the final when his back 2 ½ somersault tuck scored him 61.60 points from the 7.5 metre board.

He followed that up with an impressive reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck that scored 67.20 to go into second place and just 6.85 points off the Italian as the pair strode clear of the rest of the pack.

Round three was when Fisher-Eames stepped into the lead for the first time after his best dive of the competition.

His back 2 ½ somersault with 1 ½ twists in pike scored a massive 68.80 from the judges to take him into a narrow lead of just 0.35 points.

That meant it all came down to the final dive with the British diver up first of the leading duo.

Fisher-Eames scored 55.35 with his final dive leaving Conte with a target of 55.70 to become champion.

The Italian stepped up for his final dive but could only match Fisher-Eames’ score of 55.35 meaning Luton’s diver was the new Junior European Champion.

Fisher-Eames finished with a total score of 396.35 with Conte just behind in second on 396.00

Oscar Wilcox also made the final after finishing top in the preliminary round in the morning session.

Unfortunately for the Sheffield diver it wasn’t to be as he slipped to ninth place in the opening round.

Wilcox recovered well to move up to fifth after the third round but couldn’t quite find his form from the morning session as he finished eighth.

It will be a great learning experience for Wilcox who will certainly come back stronger after an impressive season so far.

He’s also enjoyed a success at this meet too after being part of the Jump Event Team that took silver on the opening day of the competition.

Fisher-Eames’ gold is Britain’s second of the competition after the pairing of Robbie Lee and Euan McCabe won gold in the Boys A/B Platform Synchro Final on day two.

Synchro silver for Baker and Thomas

The day got even better for Great Britain as Baker and Thomas took silver in the A/B Boys 3m Synchro Final.

Baker and Thomas were consistent throughout the competition and moved into the medal places after the second round when there inward 1 ½ somersault pike scored 46.80 to put them into third place.

At that stage they were just 1.80 points off the lead but were in a close battle as they dropped to fourth after the third round.

The British pair finished the competition with their strongest dives however, firstly with a forward 3 ½ somersault pike in round four that scored 65.10 to move them back into the bronze medal place.

They then bettered that in the final round with a forward 2 ½ somersault with two twists in pike earnt them a further 67.32 points.

As they dived first, that then meant a long wait to see which teams could catch their final total of 280.32.

Only Italy’s Stefano Belotti and Matteo Santoro could catch Baker and Thomas’ as they scored 61.20 points with their final dive to give them a final total of 284.49.

That left Baker and Thomas with an impressive silver medal and were just 4.17 off the Italian’s in an excellent display from the British duo.

The competition continues until Sunday and tomorrow will see both Baker and Thomas back in action in the Boys A 3m events.

The Girls A 1m competition will also take place on Friday with Tilly Brown and Maya Kutty representing Great Britain.

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