Monday, July 15, 2019

Top five finish for Reid and Torrance in Gwangju

Grace Reid and Kat Torrance came within five points of securing a World Championships medal, but were just edged out in a thrilling 3m synchronised final in Gwangju to finish fifth.

The pair, who won bronze at the FINA Diving World Series in Beijing back in March were back in seventh place after the second dive, but a well-executed third round dive, a Forward 2 ½ Somersault 1 Twist Pike, scored well (69.30) and moved them up into fourth and medal contention.

While they landed the remainder of their programme, they were overtaken by both Kristina Ilinykh and Mariia Poliakova of Russia and Pala Espinosa Sanchez and Malany Hernandez Torres of Mexico, the latter pairing winning bronze with 294.90 points. Reid and Torrance had to settle for 5th with 289.80 points, agonizingly close to that medal.

It was gold for China with Han Wang and Tingmao Shi topping the podium with 342.00 points with the Canadian pair of Melissa Citrini Beaulieu and Jennifer Abel winning silver with 311.10 points.

Afterwards Reid said,

“We are pleased with that. Obviously to be so close to that medal is frustrating but we left everything that we had out there today, so it’s bittersweet.

“I think the biggest thing I’ve noticed is that our step up from training to competitions is a big one. It’s a real asset for us, especially as there were others in the final that seemed to buckle under pressure. And while it’s frustrating to miss out on a medal by five points, it is reassuring to know that we are that close and we know there are things to work on.”

Torrance added,

“We make time to train. I’m in Leeds and Grace is in London and while it is hard we make it work. With the World Series this year we’ve actually been together a lot more.

“It didn’t happen today but we can still secure that Olympic spot via the World Cup, which is a bonus.”

Full results from the 3m synchronised final round can be found HERE.

Reid will be back in action in the individual 3m event on Thursday.