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Gallantree and Blagg win first European medal

June 24, 2013
Team GB's Alicia Blagg, right, and Rebecca Gallantree. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Team GB’s Alicia Blagg, right, and Rebecca Gallantree. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg impressed in the women’s 3m Sycnhro at the European Diving Championships with a bronze medal winning performance.

Gallantree and Blagg have enjoyed a strong start to their 2013 season and continued to look strong in Rostock with impressive scores throughout the final.

The pair had excellent marks after the required rounds and went into the optional rounds in a strong position. Their highest scoring dive, the Front 2 ½ Somersaults 1 twist piked, was in the third round and they finished the final with a total of 292.17.

“We improved the requireds from this morning which was good,” Gallantree said. “It is our first European medal so we are really happy with that.

“There are some improvements to make on the individual dives which we can do ahead of Barcelona if we get selected.”

Blagg added: “I am happy overall with my performances this week. Our prelims performance was really good this morning. I am a little disappointed with a couple of my individual dives but I know I have so much more in me. It is the first time that I have competed in three events at an international competition and I have learnt a lot that I will use in the future.”

James Denny and Daniel Goodfellow reached the final of the Men’s 10m Platform at their first European Championships. They secured ninth and tenth place respectively with Denny scoring 405.10 and Goodfellow finishing with 399.05 points.

Gallantree and Blagg began their European campaign in the women’s 1m Springboard and they finished in 8th and 11th place respectively. Gallantree secured a total of 248.40 and Blagg finished the final with 227.30.

Blagg continued her competition with the 3m Springboard and competed alongside Hannah Starling. The British pair, who were some of the youngest competitors in the final, finished within two points of each other in seventh and eighth place. Starling scored 288.30 and Blagg finished with 286.80.

After the performance High Performance Manager Kim White said: “We achieved our target of two medals at this competition so we are pleased with the overall performances. The Springboard medal was the first time we have won a medal at a European Championships on that board since 1960. The boys both achieved their highest ever scores too so the day went well. As well as the medals we also secured three top six positions and four top eights throughout the five days of competition.

“It was great to see the girls on the podium in the 3m Synchro and in the 10m Synchro. We knew with the Russians back in the 10m event it was going to be a tough final and I know they have more to give for the World Championships in Barcelona.

“Josh Dowd and Daniel Goodfellow will take a lot of confidence from this competition into the European Junior Championships which start on 3rd July. We also finished fifth in the medal table with three athletes competing at thier first senior European Championships

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