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Matthew Dixon wins World Junior bronze in Group A Platform

Matthew Dixon sealed Group A Platform bronze to bring the British Diving team’s World Junior Championship campaign to a close.

The Plymouth diver scored 545.60 after the final to secure the third place on the podium behind China’s Lian Junjie (593.55) and Russia’s Nikita Shleikher (573.80).

Dixon came into the event as reigning European Junior champion, having won the continental title in Rijeka, Croatia earlier this year.

And the English diver performed solidly throughout the five dives of the final. His highlight was a back 3 ½ somersaults (207C) for 85.80 in the third round of the final, throwing him into the medal chase in fifth place with two rounds to go.

City of Leeds’ Matty Lee was agonisingly short of the podium, scoring 545.45 to finish just 0.15 points behind Dixon after the final.

The 18-year old, who was fifth at the senior European Championships in London earlier this year, was lying second with two rounds to go.

But a dropped dive in the penultimate round saw him drop two places to fourth – a position he consolidated in the last round.

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The Crystal Palace diver had finished sixth in the preliminaries. But she upped her level with her three dives in the final, improving her score to 368.85.

China’s Liang Yixian (408.60) and He Xiaojie (397.00) took gold and bronze while USA’s Maria Coburn (398.35) split the two for silver.

The British team finished the competition with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Image credit: Julian Bellan

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