Gladding laments costly error
May 16, 2012 21:19 pm
Monique Gladding was left ruing a "stupid" error that cost her a medal at the European Diving Championships in Eindhoven.
A frustrated Gladding admitted she had "thrown a medal away" in the 10metre platform after she completely missed her penultimate back two-and-a-half somersault - one of the easier dives in her list. Gladding had been safely perched inside the top three until the error sent her hurtling out of contention.
She recovered enough to finish fifth, but was left deflated after her preliminary score on Wednesday morning, 320.85, would have been enough for silver in an error-strewn final.
"I'm gutted. That was really stupid. I've thrown away a medal today," she told Press Association Sport.
"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. I wasn't quite 100% positive at the end and that's what you get - that's what diving is all about. It's just very frustrating when one mistake costs you a medal; and who knows what colour medal."
Despite her frustration Gladding found reason to be positive, following another impressive display since her remarkable recovery from near death at a meet in Russia 15 months ago. Gladding had to be rescued from the pool after hitting her head on the platform and plummeting unconscious into the water.
Team-mate Nick Robinson-Baker pulled her to safety with Gladding since revealing another 10 seconds underwater could have killed her.
Since returning to diving's highest board the 30-year-old has been in career-best form, reaching the World Cup final in February, before narrowly missing a first individual European medal here. "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. It was one stupid mistake but everything I've been working on for the last eight weeks are really showing. Right now I feel like I want to cry but I'm sure when I get back there will be plenty of things to be positive about."
Team-mate Stacie Powell battled back from another slow start to finish eighth with a score of 292.15.
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