Silver lining for Noah Williams and Eden Cheng in first competition togetherAugust 10, 2019
Noah Williams and Eden Cheng have won a European Diving Championships silver medal – in their first competition diving together.
The British divers comfortably claimed a silver medal in the 10m Mixed Synchro in Ukraine.
They finished with a total of 303.60 points in Kiev – 17.10 behind the gold medallists, Russia’s Ekaterina Beliaeva and Viktor Minibaev (320.70).
The duo were 15.84 clear of the third-placed pair, Germany’s Florian Fandler and Christina Wassen (287.76).
Williams said: “It was a very enjoyable event.
“Because the mixed synchro is neither mine nor Eden’s main event, we just dived here for fun. It was quick, enjoyable and I liked it.
“We are very satisfied with this silver since it was the first time we dived together.
“Before that, both of us worked with different partners, so it was a bit strange at first but it turned out great and we won a medal at the end of the day.”
Heatly adds bronze to British tally
Meanwhile, James Heatly won his first European medal as he added a bronze to the British tally in the 3m Springboard.
Having qualified third for the final with a total of 408.90, he bettered that score on his way to a podium place.
Heatly finished on 439.90 points – 59.55 behind Russia’s Evgeny Kuznetsov (499.45) and 16.95 adrift of Germany’s Patrick Hausding (456.85).
He said: “It was good though I felt it was a long event.
“I was a bit nervous before the final as the World Championships were a big disappointment for me.
“So to come here and get this medal, it’s a very good thing and it makes me very happy.
“I didn’t watch the results during the competition, I had no idea how close it was at any stage of the final. I knew I dived very well, so I’m quite glad – this is my first medal in this event at the Europeans.”
Ross Haslam was just outside the medals in fifth place after finishing with a score of 414.25.