Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Heatly into Olympic 3m springboard final

James Heatly produced an excellent series of dives to ease through to the final of the 3m springboard on his Olympic debut. The 24-year-old from Edinburgh, who is coached by Jen Leeming, finished with a total score of 454.85 points to finish the semi-finals in fourth place.

With 18 athletes in the semi-finals, a top 12 finish was needed. Heatly began his programme with a Back 2½ Somersaults, pike, his lowest degree of difficulty dive, which scored 66.00 points. His second dive, an Inward 3½ Somersaults, Tuck moved him up to sixth place and from there Heatly stayed cool, calm and collected to maintain a healthy position in the field.

His highest scoring dive, a Forward 4½ Somersault, Tuck, which has a 3.8 degree of difficulty, scored 89.30 points moving him up to fourth place overall and with a solid final dive, his place in the Olympic final was secured.

Heatly’s GBR team-mate, Jack Laugher, who won silver in the event back in Rio in 2016, showed a good return to form, finishing on 514.75 points for third overall, while Heatly’s Edinburgh training partner, Yona Knight-Wisdom, who represents Jamaica, finished on 362.95 points and missed out on the final.

The schedule and results for the diving meet can be found HERE.

The final begins at 7am on Tuesday.

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