Silver and bronze for British divers on first day in Kazan

Silver and bronze for British divers on first day in Kazan

31 March 2017 / 17:56

There were two medals for British divers on day one of the World Series in Kazan, on Friday, as the synchro stars shone in Russia.

Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow got the day off to a fine start with a bronze medal from 10m, before Olympic champions Chris Mears and Jack Laugher went one better with a silver in the 3m springboard competition.

Consistently in the medal positions throughout the competition, Mears and Laugher saved their best until last to move up into second place by the end.

They scored 91.26 points for a front 2.5 somersaults, triple twisting piked effort in their penultimate time on the boards, before scoring 87.78 for a front 4.5 tucked somersault dive with their final effort.

Only China’s Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi could better their total of 420.42, with their mark of 458.42, while third place went to Russia’s Ilia Zakharov and Evgenii Kuznetsov.

Earlier in the day Olympic bronze medallists Daley and Goodfellow were the epitome of consistency, with their series of dives keeping them in bronze medal position throughout the competition.

A best dive of 80.58, for a reverse 3.5 tucked somersaulting effort, was the highlight of their competition but not enough to overtake Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein, who beat them into silver medal position by just 2.16 points.

There was no doubt over the winner, though, with China’s Aisen Chen and Hao Yang taking gold with a score of 462.57.

The competition continues in Russia over the remainder of the weekend.

Sportsbeat 2017

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