Chloe saves her best until last to bag a European bronze in BucharestJuly 20, 2022
Chloe Johnson saved her best until last to bag Great Britain a bronze medal on day three of the LEN European Junior Diving Championships.
She produced her highest-scoring dive of the Girls A Platform competition to seal third place and secure Britain’s fifth medal of the event in Bucharest, Romania.
Johnson had qualified for the final in sixth spot and found herself in ninth place after the opening round of the four-dive contest.
She scored consistently throughout the next two dives and was sitting in sixth position heading into the final round.
Her inward two-and-a-half somersaults in pike earned her an impressive 58.80 to see her climb into the podium places with a final score of 348.15.
Johnson’s team-mate Hannah Newbrook was third after the preliminary round but finished in eighth place overall.
She opened up with an identical score to Johnson of 58.80 for her inward two-and-a-half somersaults in pike.
However, she had dropped to 11th place following the third dive after scores of 31.90 and 36.40 in rounds two and three respectively.
Newbrook did recover to score 56.00 in her final dive, a back two-and-a-half somersaults, one-and-a-half twists, which saw her finish on 315.60.
Agony for Baker
Leon Baker finished agonisingly outside the medals in the Boys A 1m Springboard final after having a podium place snatched off him with the final dive of the event.
Baker was in third place with only Ireland’s Jake Passmore left to dive in the five-round competition.
Passmore required 44.10 to overhaul Baker’s score of 444.65 and he scored 54.40 to take third spot with a total of 455.00.
Baker was fourth after his opening dive – an inward two-and-a-half somersaults in tuck – which earned him a total of 68.20, his best individual score of the final.
He dropped to fifth spot before his final forward two-and-a-half somersaults, one twist in pike picked up 62.40 points to give him a shot of a medal.
However, Passmore did enough to deny him a podium place and what would have been a second medal of the championships for Baker following a silver in the Jump Event on the opening day of the competition.
Baker’s British team-mate Danny Mabbott recovered from a disappointing start to finish in seventh spot.
Mabbott was in last place after the opening two rounds but then produced his highest-scoring dive of the competition in round three to climb the leaderboard.
He earned a total of 66.65 for his inwards two-and-a-half somersaults in tuck which catapulted him up to seventh spot – and he held onto that position following the last two rounds with a final total of 416.60