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European Diving Championships - Glasgow 2018 D5

Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard Final

Olympic Championships Jack Laugher and Chris Mears took silver in the Glasgow 2018 European Championship Men's 3m Synchro Final with a score of 430.62.

The Leeds-based duo were in contention throughout for a podium-topping finish and after the required dives were ranked second with 98.40, just shy of the magic 100 point marker.

Rounds three through to the end saw the British and Russian pairs jostled for the gold medal with Russia eventually coming out on top.

Laugher and Mears' best dive came in the fourth round, their Inward 3 1/2 Somersaults tucked (407C) earning a healthy total of 85.68.

After the silver medal was confirmed, Mears said "We were leading at the end of round three and that was a really good position for us to be in but naturally adds a little bit of pressure. I didn't quite hit my last dive but I really enjoyed the home crowd, the environment and especially having lots of my family.

"It's always great to dive alongside Jack and I'm happy, I'm happy with that result.

Laugher added, "It was never going to be an easy thing going up against the world-class Russians. There's a lot we can learn from these championships and a lot we can take into next year. They were very difficult opposition and I think we did a cracking job."

The GBR Synchro pair joined the gold medallists Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov of Russia (431.16) and bronze medallists Patrick Hausding and Lars Ruediger of Germany (394.77) on the European Championships podium. Women's 1m Springboard Final

Katherine Torrance battled hard in the Women's 1m Springboard final and used the experience as a vital learning opportunity. Torrance returned to the 1m board for the final with a fresh mentality and held her nerve to deliver her list amongst a talented international field at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth pool.

Her final score of 228.90 saw her ranked 10th overall and an improvement on her finishing position at her debut Europeans in 2016 of 12th.

"There are lots of positives I can take away from today's event and yes I am disappointed but that's sport for you. I still have the 3m Synchro with Grace [Reid] on Sunday which I'm really looking forward to and hopefully, I can prove what I know I'm capable of in that one."

Mariia Poliakova (RUS, 285.55) won gold, Nadezhda Bazhina (RUS, 276.00) silver and Elena Bertocchi (ITA, 271.25) bronze.

Women's 1m Springboard Preliminary

Great Britain's Katherine Torrance secured herself a place in the Women's 1m European Championships final after a challenging prelims session.

Torrance dropped her opening dive, a Back 1 1/2 Somersaults Piked, but as she progressed through the remaining four rounds climbed back up the rankings and qualified for the final in 12th position with an overall score of 217.35.

The Leeds-based diver produced her best dive in the final round of the morning session, scoring 50.70 with her Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults Piked. 

After she secured her position in the final, Torrance said: "My diving wasn't quite where I wanted it to be this morning but the main thing is that I'm through to the final and get to dive again and demonstrate what I'm capable of. I'm going to get lunch, have a short rest, maybe a bit more training and then return for the final with a new mentality and just see what I can do."

Meanwhile, teammate Scarlett Mew Jensen who trains at Dive London, finished 15th overall and narrowly missed out on the final with a final score of 209.75. The event was Mew Jensen's first outing at a senior Europeans and provided an invaluable learning experience.

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