A team of six English divers have completed the final leg of a successful FINA/NVC Diving World Series finishing with an impressive medal haul. The team were in action in Kazan, Russia over the weekend, their last taste of international competition ahead of the European Aquatics Championships next month in London.
Following last week's competition in Windsor, Canada, the team headed to Kazan home of last year’s World Championships, for the fourth and final leg of the World Series, where they added another four medals to their impressive tally for the competition.
Daley and Goodfellow picked up the team’s first medal of the weekend, as they grabbed bronze in the 10m Synchro competition. The duo scored 442.59, a slight improvement on their score from the previous week, to finish behind the pairs from China and Ukraine.
Laugher and Mears followed their teammates’ success later in the day, with a fantastic performance to seal silver in the 3m Synchro. Their best dive came in the sixth round of the final, a score of 88.92 for their Front 4 ½ Somersault tucked, which boosted them to the silver medal position with a total score of 423.24, just behind the pair from Russia.
In women’s 10m Platform, Couch (pictured above) put on a phenomenal show to lead until the very last dive, when Ren Qian of China pulled ahead to win the title in 367.35. Couch came agonisingly close to the win, but was delighted to finish second with a total 365.90, to pick up her first individual silver medal of the Series.
Daley ensured the Brits finished their World Series campaign on a high in the final session of the competition, claiming the team’s third silver medal of the weekend.
Daley put in a solid and consistent performance to maintain second place for four out of the five rounds in the final, saving his best dive for last. Daley picked up brilliant score of 104.40 for his Back 3 1/2 Somersault Pike, to secure a final score of 554.60, behind the near-faultless Aisen Chen of China.
It was fun to battle against Chinese divers to see who can come out on top.
"There are still things I have to improve, but I'm very happy with the silver medal," said 21-year-old Daley. "It was fun to battle against Chinese divers to see who can come out on top."