Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Ninth place finish for Heatly in Olympic debut

There is much for James Heatly to feel proud of, finishing off his first Olympic Games with a ninth place finish in the 3m springboard event. The Edinburgh Diving Club athlete, couldn’t quite match his form from the semi-finals finishing with a points tally of 411.00 for the final. GBR team-mate Jack Laugher, made a welcome return to the Olympic podium, winning bronze.

With only a few hours between semi-final and final, Heatly’s first couple of dives were not as well executed as they had been earlier in the day. However, the 24-year old kept his composure and his third round dive, a Reverse 1½ Somersaults 3½ Twists, Free, moved him into ninth place.

Again, his best dive came in the penultimate round, as he scored 85.50 points for his Forward 4 ½ Somersaults, Tuck, and this was to help cement his position in the Olympic Final. Heatly will return home having competed in the same event his late grandfather did back at the London Games in 1948, where Sir Peter finished 13th overall.

Heatly said of his performance,

"For me, the goal was to make the team and then try to progress through the rounds, and that’s what I did. I’m really proud and happy about that, but it’s frustrating because there’s definitely a lot more in the tank. The pros outweigh the cons. I’m not quite sure what the lessons are right now, it’s a bit raw. Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn, and today I’ll definitely learn.

"It was a bit of a shame to leave the Heatly clan back home, but I definitely feel like he [grandad Sir Peter] was there with me on poolside.

"It's amazing for Jack, I’m so happy for him, he’s been so great, taking me under his wing and guiding me through the last few years. To just be a part of this experience for him, let alone for myself, is great."

The results from the diving meet can be found HERE.

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