Sunday, August 14, 2016

Grace Reid Finishes 8th Overall in Olympic Final

"It just goes to show that if I work hard I can achieve what I want to achieve." Grace Reid

Two years on from dislocating her shoulder and undergoing surgery Grace Reid from Edinburgh Diving Club has finished 8th overall in the 3m springboard final at the Rio Olympic Games.

The 20 year old was the first British female since 1972 to compete in the final of this event and if she had any nerves she did her best not to show them.  A couple of over-rotations in the first two rounds saw her in 10th place, but a superb final two dives, a back 2½ somersault, piked (64.50) and forward  2½ somersault, 1 twist, piked (67.50) moved her up the leader board and she finished her Olympic debut in 8th place overall.

Gold went to World Champion Tingmao Shi (CHN) with a stunning 406.05 points, silver went to Zi He (CHN) with 387.90 and the bronze was won by Tania Cagnotto (ITA) with 372.80 points.

An elated Reid said after the final,

“I can't put it into words, I'm so pleased. I came into this my first Olympics with pretty low expectations, just wanting to enjoy and make the most of it. But coming away with that result is amazing.

"It’s been an unbelievable atmosphere. It's so amazing looking up and there's hardly any empty seats and an amazing feeling to see my mum and dad in the crowd."  

Speaking about new dives for next season, Reid continued,

"Honestly I haven't thought about it; I'm going to have to go back to the drawing board with my coach and figure out what's best and start a new page after this - I'm really excited.

"I'll definitely take confidence from that and it's an amazing feeling to know I'm up there and to come back from two years ago when my arm was in a sling from shoulder surgery, it just goes to show that if I work hard I can achieve what I want to achieve."

Speaking after the final, her father Allan who was in Rio said, “We are delighted to see Grace perform so well under pressure at her first Olympics. We could not be more proud of her efforts and all the hard work that has gone in to helping her by her coach, Jen Leeming, and her support team."

For detailed results from the diving please click here: