Friday, August 1, 2014

Gracefully Through to the Final

Grace Reid looked thrilled by the warm reception she received and cruised through to the 1m Springboard final with a new personal best score of 257.90.

Executing her dives consistently she started well, with her second dive, the Front 2½ Somersault, Piked producing her highest score, 58.50.  She also scored highly in one of her favourite dives, the Reverse 1½ Somersault, Piked and was pleased overall by her performance. She said,

“I’m happy it was a small PB, but a PB all the same. It felt a steady and consistent performance and I can’t ask for anything more than that.

“I was a bit nervous going in but once I got on the boards and could hear the fantastic support from the crowd I was fine. It was a really nice feeling and it lifted me.”

When asked about how different she feels from her Games debut in Delhi, Reid continued,

“It does feel really different from Delhi and I can’t believe that was already four years ago. My memories are still vivid from there; to me it only seems that was last year.

“It’s also different being away from Glasgow, but the organisers have created a mini version of the village for us here in Edinburgh which is great. So everything that there is in Glasgow, there is in Edinburgh, just on a smaller scale. There are only around 60 athletes diving so there’s no need for a 3000 seater dining hall, if you know what I mean. We are being really well looked after.

Thinking ahead of tonight’s final, Reid finished by saying,

“It’s all about focusing on each dive, taking it step by step and hopefully the results will speak for themselves. I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Grace will be back in action in the final at 18.05.