Baku 2015: Torrance keeps cool to claim gold

21 June 2015 / 13:35

Katherine Torrance revealed she had to overcome nerves to win gold in the 3m springboard final.

The 16-year-old had qualified for the final with the highest score by some distance in the morning’s preliminary round.

And, expecting all eyes to be on her in the final, Torrance produced four sensational dives to score 448.25 – winning the gold medal by 5.20 points.

“I was a bit nervous, because when you qualify first there is a bit more pressure to keep it up,” she said.

“But I didn’t let it get to me and I tried to keep calm.

“I tried not to focus on focus on other peoples scores, but on the last dive when I saw that there was three points difference it did get to me a bit. When I was on the board I was a bit nervous, but I knew I had to try my best.

“I’m not sure I like the pressure, but it seems to be a good thing.

“It means everything to win gold. It is a step forwards in the right direction, because if you can do it here you can do it wherever. It gives me a lot of confidence.

“It is great at the moment. We’ve had James (Heatly) and Lois (Toulson) diving amazingly, so to be another person added to that is good.”

Torrance’s team-mate Lydia Rosenthall had qualified in second place, but could not replicate that form in the final and finished in eighth place.

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