Gladding frustrated by medal failure
May 17, 2012 08:45 am
Great Britain's wait for a first medal at the European Diving Championships went into a third day after Monique Gladding admitted she threw away a podium place on Wednesday.
Gladding was left to rue a "stupid" error on her penultimate dive in the 10metre platform to cost her the first individual European medal of her decade-long career.
The 30-year-old had been safely perched inside the top three before missing her back two-and-a-half somersaults - one of the easier dives on her list - which consigned her to fifth.
To add to Gladding's frustration her morning's score of 320.85 would have easily been enough for silver in an error-strewn final.
"I'm gutted. That was really stupid. I've thrown away a medal today," she said. "It's just a stupid mistake. I was super pumped. I just didn't fully commit to my come-out. That split second is crucial. It's just very frustrating when one mistake costs you a medal; and who knows what colour medal."
Gladding will now turn her focus to qualifying for her first Olympics at next month's trials in Sheffield.
She is well-placed to do so after a breakthrough year, which has also seen her reach the World Cup final in February.
"It's good to be fifth in Europe and be that frustrated," said Gladding, whose score of 300.70 was 11.95 points shy of the podium. "I still know I can improve, maybe it's all going to come right in London. Maybe today wasn't the day."
Team-mate Stacie Powell was also focusing on the Olympic trials after she finished eighth - recovering from a slow start to post an improved score of 292.15.
"This afternoon felt a lot more controlled. This morning was crazy adrenaline," she said. "I'll learn for next time to put it right. Olympic trials is when it really matters."
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