Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Silver for Haslam and Reid in Mixed 3m synchro springboard final

"We're really happy, that was a tough field out there. We've been matching some of these guys at World Cup so to come away with a silver medal is really pleasing." Grace Reid

Grace Reid and Ross Haslam claimed Silver in the Mixed 3m synchronised springboard event on the third day of diving competition at Glasgow 2018 at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

The British pair achieved a personal best score of 308.67 but were pipped to Gold by the German duo of Tina Punzel and Lou Massenberg who finished on 313.50.

Reid and Haslam previously won Bronze at the FINA Dicing World Cup in June, in what was their first event together, and Reid said that to achieve so much success so early in their partnership is a positive sign.

She said: "Ross is a credit to himself. He did have to step in at the last minute and he's just been absolutely fantastic from the get-go and adapted well and that's what you need in the sport."

Haslam took the place of Tom Daley as Reid's dive partner when the latter opted to take a sabbatical for the rest of 2018. The 20-year-old said of the task of replacing Daley: "It is a bit of pressure because Tom Daley is Tom Daley and when anyone asks if you dive he's the the person people refer to, but it's been really good.

"And being here in Scotland with Grace who's Scottish has been really nice to be a part of."

Reid added: "We're really happy, that was a tough field out there. We've been matching some of these guys at World Cup so to come away with a silver medal is really pleasing.

"We didn't have a perfect competition today, we had a really good one and still got a personal best, but there's always things you're going to want to improve on, and that third dive and maybe the fourth as well has things we want to work on."

Reid was referring to the fact that, after leading for the first two rounds, a score of 72.00 for the Germans' on their third dive (a forward 2 1/2 somersaults with twist piked) saw them leapfrog the home crowd favourites and stay there until the end. That was despite the British pair posting a 73.47 on their final dive (a forward 3 1/2 somersaults piked) compared to their rivals' 69.30, but the lead was too great and the Brits had to settle for silver.

Reid also paid tribute to the venue's atmosphere and staff. She said: "I can't say how much I love this pool, how they've dressed the place, the staff and the whole set up has been amazing and I really fed off that today."

Elsewhere today, Great Britain's Lois Toulson finished fifth in the Women's 10m platform and Robyn Birch finished a place further back in sixth.

Reid is due to compete on Saturday in the Women's 3m springboard event and on Sunday in the Women's 3m synchronised springboard.

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