Heartbreak in Women’s 10m Synchro finalMay 11, 2016
British pair Lois Toulson and Tonia Couch fell short of the podium on the final dive of the Women’s 10m Synchro final, while Freddie Woodward and Jordan Houlden both secured top 10 finishes.
Despite not winning medals in the two events yesterday, all four English divers showed some great potential.
Women’s 10m Synchro final fifth place finish
GB pair Toulson and Couch looked strong in the opening dives of the Women’s 10m Synchro final, sitting comfortably in second place after their second and third dives.
They performed a difficult Back 2 ½ Somersault 1 ½ Twists in the pike position beautifully as their penultimate dive which pushed them into first place, just ahead of the Ukrainian pair. Their final dive saw the pair fumble, dropping four places to finish in fifth place.
“We’re a bit gutted from tonight,” said Couch, “But we’ve got so much more to give than that. Lois is upset because she wanted it so badly and she’s such an amazing diver. We’re just going to let that slide and work towards the Olympic Games now.”
Toulson added: “We had a really successful World Series so it’s just a bit annoying to perform like that tonight. Hopefully I can learn from it and get a big stronger.”
Men’s 1m Springboard results
Woodward and Houlden put in some consistent performances in the Men’s 1m Springboard, both in the morning’s prelims and the evening’s finals.
Houlden, who was competing at his first major championship for GB, made his way into the final in 12th place after the prelims.
The 17-year old managed to pull back a couple of places in the final, finishing ninth with a score of 368.55.
“I was nervous because it’s my first senior event and the crowd was really loud. It’s my first time competing in the Olympic pool as well but it felt good.” – Jordan Houlden
Woodward managed to improve on his 12th place finish at last year’s European Championships, making his way into seventh place with a score of 378.20.