Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Bronze for Heatly as Laugher crowned European Champion

"It's amazing to do this in front of all the family. Mum and dad tend to come to most but a lot of my friends are here as well so to do dive well in front of them was great." James Heatly

James Heatly claimed his first individual medal on the senior European stage in front of a home crowd, as he won Bronze in the Men's 1m springboard final at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Heatly finished with a score of 391.70, behind Italy's Giovanni Tocci and British teammate Jack Laugher, who won the Gold medal to become European Champion.

Heatly was consistently in the hunt for a medal place but going into the last dive he sat fifth, having been third a round previous. But just like he did in the preliminaries he saved his best dive until last, scoring 69.70 (beating the 68.00 from the morning) on an inward 2 1/2 somersaults piked.

Heatly said he was feeling confident going into the final two dives after his morning performance. He said: "I normally always put those two dives last because they are my better ones so I felt pretty good going into them. 

"But I knew they had to be really good to get something." Heatly's average score for his final two dives was actually higher than that of Laugher, but such was Laugher's lead and the immense finale from Tocci, the best the Scot could hope for was third.

Laugher meanwhile led after every round bar the third, when he momentarily slipped to second. Laugher finished on 414.60, clear of the 401.10 for Tocci.

Heatly said of sharing this moment with Laugher: "Jack's a great teammate and a great friend, and a good role model, so to share this moment with him was amazing."

Heatly will now turn his attention to cheering on the rest of the team. He said: "This was my final event so now I'll be up there holding that flag as team cheerleader."

Heatly also paid tribute to those who came along to support him: "It's amazing to do this in front of all the family. Mum and dad tend to come to most but a lot of my friends are here as well so to do dive well in front of them was great."

Elsewhere today, the GB Women's synchronised 10m platform won Gold.

Tomorrow, Grace Reid competes for the first time, in the 3m synchronised springboard alongside Ross Haslam.

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