Mears and Robinson-Baker target medal
May 18, 2012 15:29 pm
Chris Mears and Nick Robinson-Baker will bid to deliver Great Britain's second medal of the European Diving Championships after easing into the 3metre synchro final in Eindhoven.
Minor errors plagued the Britons but they did more than enough to qualify in fifth with a score of 391.05.
Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow ended Britain's 74-year wait for women's European title in the platform synchro on Thursday night - and their team-mates believe they can join them on the podium.
"There were a few little minor errors, but if you're going to do them, do them in the prelim," Robinson-Baker said.
"We had some steady stuff in there and some not so good stuff. We'll have a little break at lunch and come back this afternoon and have a good pop at it. We are really confident at the moment."
The pairing's confidence has been fuelled by a silver medal at last month's World Series in Mexico, when they were only beaten by the all-conquering Chinese. A lifetime-best 436.74 marked them as medal contenders this week - although they may need to reproduce that score after their rivals progressed impressively on Friday afternoon.
World silver medallists Russia stamped their authority with a score of 441.30 while the past two European champions, Ukraine and Germany, trailed just behind.
Mears and Robinson-Baker did, however, beat Ukraine and Germany en route to their Mexico silver.
"We know we can do some damage in the final - it's just about doing it," Mears said. "We both knew we could do that performance (in Mexico) and we'll look to go out and do that again tonight."
Earlier, Alicia Blagg and Rhea Gayle qualified for the women's 1m final. Blagg, 15, produced her international-best score of 255.65 to qualify in fifth just behind world-renowned names such as Tania Cagnotto and Anna Lindberg.
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