Haslam and Cheng in the mix for Britain at World ChampionshipsJuly 16, 2019
British divers Ross Haslam and Eden Cheng teamed up to finish sixth in the mixed team event at the 2019 FINA World Championships.
Alternating between the 3m springboard and the 10m platform, both divers were pushed out of their comfort zone.
Springboard specialist Haslam opened from the platform, impressing with an armstand forward somersault for 48.00 points.
16-year-old Cheng, who narrowly missed out on a medal in the 10m platform synchro alongside Lois Toulson, added 38.00 to the team’s round one score with a clean back dive.
The second round proved decisive for the British pair.
After Haslam’s reverse three-and-a-half somersaults from 3m yielded 63.00 points, Cheng’s forward three-and-a-half somersaults from the platform was only let down by her entry.
That dive scored 45.00, dropping them into 13th position.
But both divers stepped up on their favoured board in the final round.
Haslam’s forward two-and-a-half somersaults with two twists scored 73.10, while Cheng capped off the night with an inward three-and-a-half somersaults from 10m for 60.80 points.
Their total of 327.90 guaranteed a top 10 finish, but was almost 30 points behind the third-placed American duo.