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Blagg and Gallantree secure World Series silver

April 19, 2013 22:05 pm

Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree continued their impressive recent form with a silver at the FINA Diving World Series in Edinburgh.

Blagg and Gallantree, who won silver in Beijing earlier this year, equalled that performance in the women's 3m synchro, although China’s Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia were a class above to take gold.

Blagg and Gallantree are enjoying their best season as a partnership, setting a personal best 312.24 at the British Championships in February then an international best 305.79 for their silver in Beijing.

“We got a medal last month in Beijing so we knew it was possible so we just got on with things and tried not to look at anyone else in the field,” said Gallantree, after the duo posted a score of 305.28. 

“We just focused on our own performance and how well we can do our dives and it worked again.

"It was a consistent performance but we know we can do more. We can both dive better than we did.”

And there was also success for Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker, who landed bronze in the men's 3m synchro.

China’s Qin Kai and He Chong won gold on 433.65 while Ukraine’s Illya Kvasha and Oleksiy Prygorov claimed silver.

But having finished sixth in the opening leg of this season’s World Series in Beijing, the Brits admitted they were delighted with their progress in Edinburgh. 

“We were biting our nails at the end because we knew USA were within half a point of us and we didn’t know what was going to happen,” added Mears, who finished fifth with Robinson-Baker at last year's London Olympics.

“But we came out on top which is brilliant and it was in front of a home crowd so it couldn’t have happened at a better World Series leg. 

“We’re going to be working on our consistency in the next few months. I messed up one of my dives which I’m annoyed about so we’ll go back and work on the little things and hopefully we can get some more medals from the other World Series." 

Elsewhere, Great Britain's Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow finished fourth in the women's 10m synchro on 303.72.

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