Baku 2015: Heatly completes clean sweep

20 June 2015 / 14:51

Diver James Heatly added gold in the 3m springboard to the silver and bronze medals already won in Baku this week and admitted he had expected to go home empty-handed.

Having won silver in yesterday’s synchronised 3m springboard final to follow Thursday’s bronze in the 1m springboard, Heatly completed the set with a flawless display to amass 541.65 points – his fifth and final dive a mere procession to the top of the podium after Russia’s Ilia Molchanov made a mistake on his fourth dive and slipped down to the bronze medal position.

It means the 18-year-old has now won three of Team GB’s 13 medals in Azerbaijan, though he had anticipated going back to Edinburgh merely with experience to show for his efforts.

“I didn’t think I was going to win anything,” said Heatly.

“I’m over the moon to win three medals, especially as I didn’t expect it.

“At the beginning of the event I didn’t think I would do it. But when he (Ilia Molchanov) dropped that dive I thought there was a chance.

“I’m going to go and see my parents now and give my granddad a call.”

Jordan Houlden narrowly missed out on joining Heatly on the podium, the 16-year-old finishing fourth 511.90 points.

Earlier in the day Millie Haffety, 15, and 16-year-old Millie Fowler placed ninth in the 3m synchronised platform.

The duo had been well placed, but failed to register a score for their fourth dive after Haffety slipped on the board.

However, the reigning British champion has vowed to bounce back.

“I’m disappointed and a bit gutted but these things happen and hopefully it will make me stronger,” said Haffety.

“It is all a bit of a blur. I was over the end of the board, didn’t have much control and fell off. It has never happened before.

“I just wanted to make the final dive count and forget about the one before. I just focused on the last dive, which was good, which I was happy about.”

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