Thursday, April 12, 2018

Heatly, McArthur progess to finals

Fresh from his bronze medal in the 1m springboard last night, James Heatly was back in action in the 3m event in which he finished seventh after the prelims.

It was a cautious start by Heatly, but while others faltered in the last two rounds, Heatly held his nerve finishing with 390.05 points. Afterwards he said,

“I normally like to watch and keep up with what’s going on during the rounds, but because I was struggling I was very much focusing on myself. I think it was the fifth round dive that really pulled me back up there. I’m very happy to land those last two and just get through.”

As Heatly mentioned, his penultimate dive, the Reverse 1½ Somersaults 3½ Twists Free was landed superbly scoring an impressive 80.50 points.

Gemma McArthur made her Team Scotland debut in the prelims of the 10m platform and qualified for the final in eleventh place. She started off solidly landing her opening dive, the Inward 2½ Somersaults 1½Twists Pike, well. Despite dropping her penultimate dive she finished strongly finishing with 277.70.

Afterwards she said,

“It’s so good to finally get going. I was so happy to land that first dive, that really helped settle my nerves and that’s why I open my programme with it. Tonight is about making improvements and executing all my dives the best I can.”

Diving finals start at 19:01 local time (10:01 GMT).