Matthew Dixon wins Group A Platform gold in DresdenApril 27, 2017
Matthew Dixon continued his impressive season to win Group A Platform gold at the Dresden Youth International Meet 2017.
The 17-year old Plymouth diver was in a class of his own in the final in Germany, winning by more than 50 points.
Dixon took a healthy lead into the final, carrying over 196.40 from the prelims – more than 10 points more than any of the other 11 finalists.
But the English diver hammered home is dominance in impressive style, scoring 404.30 for his five optional dives in the final, finishing on 600.70.
Dixon’s medal tally for 2017 has been growing quickly in recent weeks. He won individual bronze and 10m Synchro gold against the seniors in the FINA Grand Prix at the start of the month. The youngster then claimed the Group A Platform title against the best young divers in Britain, winning gold at the Junior Elites in Plymouth.
Noah Williams, who won the National Cup title at the start of the season, finished fourth in the same final.
The Dive London diver scored 354.75 for his optionals to finish on 540.55, an agonising 2.35 points shy of the podium.
Waxman and Papworth land individual springboard medals
There were three more medals for English divers across the final two days of the competition in Germany.
Another of Great Britain’s in-form divers won silver in the Group B 3m Springboard.
City of Bradford Esprit’s Holly Waxman added to golds at the 7 Nations Meet in France and the British Junior Elites with silver in Dresden.
Russia’s Polina Saekova took the title but Waxman, who carried over 7.4 points less than Saekova from the prelims, pushed her all the way.
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The 14-year old Brit scored the highest of the finalists of her optionals with 177.05 but her overall tally of 363.10 saw her finish just 0.6 points behind the Russian.
There was also a British medallist in the girls’ Group B 3m as Dive London’s Maria Papworth took bronze
Having also won 3m Synchro bronze earlier in the competition, she scored 233.05 for her four dives in the final to finish on 431.85 overall.
Papworth’s partner from the synchro, Scarlett Mew Jensen, was seventh on 407.95, having finished 10th in the 1m Springboard on the previous day.
Anthony Harding and William Hallam matched Papworth and Mew Jensen’s result in the boys’ 3m Synchro to also win bronze.
The City of Leeds pair scored 279.33 to finish behind teams from Germany (306.45) and Switzerland (301.65).
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