Narrow victory for Owen Taylor as he denies Alfie hat-trick of national titles

Owen Taylor was crowned Swim England Diving National Age Group Champion by the narrowest of margins during an exciting 12-13 Years Boys 1m contest.

City of Bradford Esprit Diving’s Taylor scored 191.00 to take the gold medal.

He denied Luton Diving Club’s Alfie Whytock a hat-trick of national titles by only 0.5 points – and  said he would be celebrating by tucking into a bacon sandwich!

The 13-year-old was in the top three throughout the competition and despite a late surge from Whytock, he managed to hold onto the gold medal.

Owen Taylor

He said: “I just felt like I needed to step up on the last dive and I did. I deal with the pressure really well.

“If I was dropping behind, I had a better dive to get up a bit.

“I was shocked [to see the score]. I thought I’d be second, but I was first.

“I just wanted to have fun. I came for a bit of experience and I just wanted to do well. I wanted to get a medal, so I’m proud.”

Whytock so close

Whytock, who won gold on the opening day in the 1m synchro and followed that up with victory in the platform competition, didn’t get off to the best of starts but clawed his way through the field.

He was 15th after the first round, seventh after round four but his final two dives of the event were his best of the contest and ensured he took silver with a score of 190.95.

Dive London Aquatics Club’s Hamish Patel was the bronze medallist after finishing in 189.60.

A commemorative gold medal was presented to Aberdeen Diving Club’s Noah Penman, who scored 30 points or more in five of his six dives to finish with 198.25 points.

Main picture: Will Johnston Photography