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Williams and Dixon win European 10m Synchro bronze

Noah Williams and Matthew Dixon won their first major international medals with 10m Synchro bronze at the 2017 European Diving Championships in Kiev.

The English pair, both 17, scored 388.05 for their six dives to join pairs from Ukraine (431.28) and Russia (406.56) on the podium.

The result brought the British team their third medal of the week. Lois Toulson won 10m Platform gold on the second day in Ukraine while teenagers Ruby Bower and Phoebe Banks landed the women’s 10m Synchro crown.

“It was a good competition for us with good dives,” said Dixon.

“We speculated with a medal and in the end it worked out. We are especially pleased because we have not been diving together for a very long time.”

Men’s pair back up result from Canada Grand Prix

While few had predicted Bower and Banks’ victory, the men’s pair had already shown their talent on the senior stage.

They won gold together at the second leg of this year’s FINA Grand Prix in Gatineau, Canada. They also reached the individual 10m podium at last week’s British Championships with Dixon (Plymouth Diving) winning silver and Williams (Dive London) bronze.

The Brits started the final strongly, leading at the half-way stage after scoring 99 for their requireds and 80.64 for their opening optional dive; an inward 3 ½ somersaults tucked.

While their third dive proved to be their best of the competition, Williams and Dixon maintained a high level to stay ahead of Belarus’ Vadim Kaptur and Artsiom Barouski, who finished less than 10 points back in fourth on 379.50.

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