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European Diving Championships - Glasgow 2018 D2

PM Session

Women's 10m Synchro Final

The newly formed partnership of Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson struck gold and claimed the Women's 10m Synchro European title on the second day of competition in Edinburgh.

After the opening the round, the pair were tied in first place with the Russian team on 49.80 but then slipped down the rankings after a dropped dive in the second.

Cheng and Toulson remained composed throughout and three solid dives followed. Their final dive, a Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists Piked which scored 69.12, catapulted them into the number one spot and secured Great Britain's first gold medal of the 2018 European Diving Championships.

"It feels amazing to take the gold, I don't think we were expecting to get a medal, so yeah always good to get an unexpected medal. It sets me and obviously the rest of the team up really for the rest of the week. There is lots of potential within this partnership and we're both very young so we're both just excited to see where it can go

Cheng then added, "We were very focused on our own dives throughout and that enabled us to just concentrate on ensuring that we took off and then entered at the same time."

Their final score was that sealed the podium-topping finish was 289.74.

The GBR pairing flanked joined on the podium by the duo from Russia, Iuliia Timoshinina and Ekaterina Beliaeva, who scored 288.60 for the silver and bronze went to Maria Kurjo and Elena Wassen of Germany with 284.64.

After the pair had collected their medals, Kim White, GBR Diving Team Leader said, "It's always really important to start a competition off well, getting that medal will motivate everyone and put the rest of the team on a high and then there is almost an expectation to continue which really spurs everyone.

"Alexei [British Diving Performance Director] and I have spent a lot of time over the last few months working on who our Women's 10m Synchro pair was going to be due to retirements. We've tried a number of pairings and combinations and following a win at this year's Rostock Grand Prix, plus a top-eight finish at FINA World Cup this will be our Women's 10m Synchro partnership heading into Tokyo."

1m Springboard Final

Olympic Champ Jack Laugher lands the British Diving teams second gold medal of the day in the Men's 1m finals and teammate James Heatly took bronze.

Laugher claimed carried through his prelims form to dominate all six rounds of the final in Edinburgh, his final score of 414.60 placed him at the centre of the European Championship podium. Laugher's highest-scoring dive came in the fourth round, an Inward 2 1/2 Somersaults Piked, which clocked a total of 74.80 and cemented his podium finish.

"This gold medal was a really good way for me to kick off these championships, I have two more events to go so yeah. It wasn't my best performance today, not as good as my Commonwealth Games 1m outing but I'm really happy to come out on top again," said Laugher. "I think my diving was consistent both in the morning prelims and in this afternoon's final and take that confidence into the rest of the week. This event was very much about getting in front of the crowd, experiencing the competition environment and hopefully I can go and smash the 3m and 3m Synchro with Chris 

"I think It's really obvious to see how strong we [British Diving] are at the moment, the strength and depth we have across events, for both men and women. It's not just one or two that are achieving but right across the board and age groups, there is lots of great talent coming through."

Teammate James Heatly claimed the bronze medal in the final moments of the event with his sixth round dive, also an Inward 2 1/2 Somersaults Piked (405B) and scored 69.70. Heatly's final score was 391.70

After he had collected his medal Heatly explained, "I feel amazing to have got bronze today, I was a bit shaky this morning in the prelims but then to come out and perform better was great and to do it in front of a home crowd as well is just incredible. The atmosphere today just reminded of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it's my home pool and I love to dive here.

The British duo were separated on the podium by Italy's Giovanni Tocci who took the silver with a total of 401.10.

AM Session

Great Britain’s Olympic Champion Jack Laugher topped the board after the European Championship Men’s 1m prelims and leads the way into the 12 man final.

The Leeds-based diver was top of the pile throughout all six rounds of the prelims that 27 of Europe’s best springboard divers take to the 1m board. Laugher’s best dive came in the opening round of competition, a Back 2 1/2 Somersaults in Tuck, which scored 72.00 and established his command over the 27-strong field. His final dive equalled the score of his opening dive, a Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 Twist Piked and comfortably secured his place in the final

Laugher explained afterwards, "I've still got plenty left in the tank for finals so that gives me confidence and it's always good to show the judges that you're looking in shape, so yeah a good prelim and just happy that myself and James [Heatly] are through to the final.

"It's important in the prelims to ensure that I land on my head every time and just avoid disasters, today was steady with a score just shy of 400."

Teammate and hometown hero James Heatly was back in action after competing in the Team Event on the opening day of the 2018 European Diving Championships, he ranked sixth after his six dives and also progressed into the Men’s 1m final.

Heatly served up his best dive in the penultimate round, he scored 65.60 for his Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 Twist Piked to move himself up the rankings to secure his place in the medal contest.

"For a prelim, you just want to get through, for a brief period I thought I was in a bit of trouble but I'm happy I'm through. Now it's time to wipe the slate clean and return for the finals," said Heatly.

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