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Cesilie Carlton, first high diving world champion

July 30, 2013
Cesilie Carlton

Cesilie Carlton

The US diver, Cesilie Carlton, has become the first high diving world champion after beating five other participants with a score of 211.69 points. The silver medal was for her compatriot Ginger Huber and bronze went to the diver who started as the favourite, the German Anna Bader.

Cesilie Carlton didn´t get off to a good start. She was fourth after the first round due to a bad execution of her dive, a double forward somersault and half twist. In fact, both Tara Hyer and Ginger Huber, who opted for the same dive, also got the same score as her. However as the rounds went on, Carlton kept improving her performance, going up to third after the second round.

But the best was still to come. In the final round, Carlton executed a practically perfect dive (84.15 points) that, combined with the errors of the other competitors, propelled her on to the highest step on the podium. Carlton affirmed after that, “I would have never imagined being able to win a competition of this importance, but the result was tight and this helped me”.

Second place was for Ginger Huber (206.70 points). Despite having a more consistent performance, she had not wanted to take risks on the last dive and saw her teammate go ahead of her. Huber expressed that “she was very grateful to have been able to compete in an event of this size”. For her part, Anna Bader (203.90 points), who had started as the favourite, was happy with the results although she admitted that she hoped “to be higher on the podium”.

The Canadian Stephanie de Lima (182.55 points), the American Tara Hyer (177.20 points) and the Ukraine Diana Tomilino (153.95 points) completed the classification of female high diving in the history of a FINA World Championship.

With these medals, for Carlton and Huber, the USA has achieved their 13th and 14th medals in the diving event of a World Championship. In fact it has been eight years since the USA last stepped on a podium for diving, when Laura Wilkinson won the gold in the 10 metre platform. A double gold for the North Americans hasn’t happened for 27 years, when Greg Louganis (judge at this competition in Barcelona) and Bruce Kimball won gold and bronze respectively, also on the 10 metre platform.

Finally Huber, who is 38 years old and 236 days, is the oldest medallist so far in these Championships.

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