Thursday, July 31, 2014

Heatly Through to Second Springboard Final

“That was another PB, I’ve made it to my second final, but I certainly didn’t expect to qualify in 5th place" James Heatly

James Heatly looked very comfortable in the 3m Springboard prelims this morning and cruised into tonight’s final in 5th place with yet another personal best score of 397.65.

Heatly was consistent throughout his six dives scoring in the sixties during every round, apart from in his penultimate dive, the Front 2½ Somersault 2 Twists, Piked, which scored him a superb 71.4 points, the third highest in that round out of 17 competitors.  This was the biggest and most complex dive in his programme with a 3.4 degree of difficulty and Heatly really nailed it.

The 3m springboard is Heatly’s preferred event and he rose to the occasion to the delight of the large crowd. The progress he has made in the event has pleased the 17 year old no end and he said,

“That was another PB, I’ve made it to my second final, but I certainly didn’t expect to qualify in 5th place, I don’t really know what to say about that.

“Diving is so unpredictable. There were a few guys this morning who missed their dives  and that could be me tonight. I just need to keep my head, do my best and see what happens. As I’ve already said I didn’t come here expecting to medal. I’m still learning and gaining huge experience from being able to compete against some quality athletes.

“Of course it’s exciting and I’m really enjoying it. The crowd are giving me such a great reception, it’s really special.

James will be back in action at 18.05.

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