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Mew Jensen and Williams set new PBs to win British diving titles

Scarlett Mew Jensen and Noah Williams both set new personal bests to win their first senior domestic titles on the final day of the British Diving Championships in Edinburgh.

In the Men’s 10m Platform final, Williams dominated to win the gold medal by more than 55 points.

The Dive London Aquatics Club talent finished top of the prelims with 452.10 points, but he stepped up to an unprecedented level in the final event of the competition.

A steady start had Williams in second place after four dives and his stunning fifth dive – forward 4 1/2 somersaults – was seemingly enough to wrap up the gold, as the judges rewarded him with 98.05 points.

The Commonwealth silver medallist left nothing to chance with a brilliant final dive – back 2 1/2 somersaults with 2 1/2 twists – for 91.80 points to set a new personal best of 509.65.

Williams told British Swimming: “My last PB was set when I was sixteen, just over two and a half years ago.

“Since then I’ve learnt a lot of new dives so my scoring hasn’t always been that great. But I’ve finally started to consolidate those dives and it’s finally paid off today with a massive PB and the first time over 500 points.

“It’s really good to dive against all the other boys, they’re really supportive so yeah it’s makes competition fun.

“This result today really gives me confidence and now I just have to wait and see what happens for the summer.”

Williams’ Dive London teammate Matty Lee won silver for the second consecutive year, fading with his last two dives to finish on 453.25 points.

Lee, who won World Series gold in the 10m Synchro Platform alongside Tom Daley a fortnight ago, led until his fifth dive, closing with a forward 4 1/2 somersaults for just 48.10 points.

Matt Dixon, who won the 10m Synchro silver alongside Williams on the Gold Coast last year, was third with 426.10 points.

Springing success for Scarlett

Scarlett Mew Jensen, of Dive London, was third in the Women’s 3m Springboard prelims, behind Commonwealth silver medalist Kat Torrance and 1m Springboard Commonwealth champion Grace Reid, who set the bar with a score of 311.25.

Mew Jensen, who won bronze in this event in 2017 and silver in 2018, looked set to continue her rise up the podium, opening with an inward 2 1/2 somersaults for 67.50 points to move into top spot after the opening round.

Despite a shaky third dive, which yielded just 45.00 points, the 17-year-old steadied to close with her joint-best dive of the day and seal gold with a total of 302.00 points.

That was just .05 points clear of Dutch guest Inge Jansen, who was second overall.

Mew Jensen told British Swimming: “It couldn’t have gone any better. It’s a PB by one point.

“To get 300 points, I’m chuffed. I’m so happy. I didn’t go into that thinking I’d win it, but it’s a crazy feeling.”

Meanwhile, Reid left her best dive until last, scoring 72.00 points with a forward 2 1/2 somersaults with a twist to snatch the silver medal from Torrance.

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