Sunday, July 14, 2019

Heatly secures ninth place finish in World Championships final

James Heatly finished a very credible ninth in the 1m springboard final at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, with a points score of 372.15, a good improvement on his prelim score.

Heatly put in strong dives across his programme and showed points improvements across all but one of his dives from his prelim round, saving the best for last with a well-executed Inward 2 ½ Somersault Pike, which earned him 71.40 points and moved him up the table into ninth.

Afterwards Heatly said on reflection, 

Reflecting on his efforts, Heatly said:

“It’s a bit frustrating as I know that I have more in the tank on 1m but there are still a lot of positives to take from it. 3m is the main focus for this trip so I haven’t been training 1m as much I would normally have. So to have made the final was a big achievement in its self.

“I’m really looking forward to 3m as I’ve never done a big 3m world event so will be nice to just get out there and see what I can do. And it was good to get my feet wet with 1m beforehand. I will take the positives from my 1m and use the slight frustration to fuel my 3m event on Wednesday.”

Heatly’s Edinburgh Diving Club team-mate, Yona Knight-Wisdom (Jamaica) finished in tenth.

Results from the 1m springboard final round can be found HERE.