Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Heatly Through to 1m Springboard Final

Making his Commonwealth Games debut Scotland’s James Heatly landed a personal best score to progress to the 1m Springboard final.

The 17-year old who trains at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh where the diving competition is taking place scored 317.65 points in the preliminaries and is ranked 10th ahead of tonight’s final. He started his 6-dive campaign off with a Front 2½ Somersault, Piked, which was well executed.

A bit of adrenaline in his Reverse 1½ Somersault 1½ Twists, Free dive saw him drop down the leader board but by round four he settled down to the job in hand producing the dive of the meet so far, a Reverse 2½  Somersault, Tucked, which put pressure on the others battling for a finals space.

His final two dives, a Front 3½ Somersault, Tucked and an Inward 2½ Somersault, Tucked were marginally short but secured his passage into the final with a score of 317.65.

After the session he said,

“That was a PB so it actually couldn’t have been a better start. It’s an amazing feeling to get to the final of my home Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve not come here with any realistic medal expectations. I just want to do my best, improved with every round and gain experience at this level of competition.”

James will be back in action at 18.05.