Goodfellow leads historic English springboard clean sweep | Diving News


Birch and Martin made a telling move in round four, a score of 70.08 for their Inward 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (407C) moving them up to third and a shot at the medal with their final dive. With the same dive, Cheng and Spendolini-Sirieix scored 68.16 to move fourth and give themselves a shot at the podium too.

Both pairs knew they had to nail execution and synchronicity with their final effort. First up was Emily and Robyn, who duly did what they needed, a score of 62.40 for their Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists Pike (5253B) moving them second and guaranteeing them a medal before the final English pair were up .

Again following suit with the same dive, Eden and Andrea went one better, sealing silver with the best dive of the competition by some distance, tallying 76.80 for their fifth dive to finish on 298.86.

“I feel really proud of us as a team. I’m so overwhelmed by how incredibly loud and supportive the crowd are. We did a really good job,” said Spendolini-Sirieix.

“I was quite nervous with the last dive. It was the same as my individuals, the same dive I needed to land. To have a celebration with Eden, then see Robyn and Emily come over and celebrate with us, it’s a really special moment . Sport is so beautiful, you compete against each other but ultimately you’re one big family. I’m really proud of everyone.”

Cheng added: “I feel we are quite used to these situations, especially in this event. We just put our heads down, tell each other how confident we are and perform a dive we have done for years in a way we know we can.

“I’m very proud of Robyn and Emily, to have them on the podium with us, we’re speechless. To see our teammates on the podium really gives us motivation to show the country and a home crowd what we are capable of. “

On their bronze medal experience, Robyn said: “When we did our last dive, we weren’t sure. I don’t normally look at the scores but looking at the scoreboard and realizing that we got a medal was just amazing. It’s like a dream really.

“The crowd is so uplifting. Beforehand, we were worried we would get more nervous but the crowd was there for you. It motivated us and supported us.”

Emily concluded: “We went in there just looking to enjoy it so to come out with a medal is even better. We really enjoyed the experience. The fans were amazing. You can’t recreate that feeling.

“Standing next to anyone makes it even better, but standing next to your best friend tops it off.”

Day three’s first final came in the morning session, as 1m Springboard medalist Amy Rollinson teamed up with Desharne Bent-Ashmeil in the Women’s 3m Synchro.

The pair have shown their class with senior and junior British titles together over the past year, and they are now gaining invaluable experience on the international stage, having competed at last month’s World Championships too.

In front of a packed home crowd, Amy and Desharne sat fifth after their requirements and first optional, before moving up to fourth in round four with a well-executed Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 Twist Pike (5152B), worth 61.20.

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