Lois Toulson and Matty Lee continued Great Britain’s positive start to the FINA World Championships, following up Tim Shuttleworth’s bronze medal with a silver in the 10m platform mixed synchronised diving.
The Brits scored a total of 323.28 points to take second behind the Chinese pairing of Red Qian and Lian Junjie, who totalled 352.98.
North Korea’s Kim Mi Rae and Hyon Il Myong picked up the bronze medal with 318.12 as Toulson and Lee gradually edged themselves up the leaderboard on each of their five dives.
“We feel really good right now,” Lee told British Swimming.
“China are so strong and it’s tough to beat them but we knew we just had to keep calm and focus on ourselves. It feels so great to win that silver medal.”
The Brits scored just 48.60 and 48.00 for their first two dives, before dramatically upping their marks with efforts of 70.20, 76.80 and 79.68 in their final three.
“It was amazing to win that silver in this competition,” Toulson said. “We’re a really good partnership, we both train in the same place and we’re really good friends which really helps.”
Later in the day Katherine Torrance finished ninth in the women’s 1m springboard competition, while Olympic champions Chris Mears and Jack Laugher were unable to replicate their Rio success in Budapest and settled for fourth in the 3m synchronised springboard.
The duo finished with 418.50 points in total and were equal first after two of their six dives.
Still in second place after four dives, they dropped their fifth, scoring just 65.52, to slip out of medal contention before regaining their composure to register 80.94 with their final effort and finish fourth.