Baku 2015: Toulson surprises herself with platform gold

18 June 2015 / 15:31

Lois Toulson admitted she surprised even herself as she went on to claim women’s platform gold at the inaugural European Games.

Toulson looked in fine form from the word go in Baku, finishing the preliminary round in second place after scoring 389.20 points.

But 15-year-old was only just getting started, going on to amass 456.70 points in the final to win the gold ahead of Russian Anna Chuinyshena, while German Elena Wassen took home bronze.

And despite admitting she felt in good form heading into the competition, Toulson insisted a gold medal was beyond her wildest dreams.

“On that last dive I was following the Russian who had done the same dive so I was feeling the pressure,” she said.

“But it’s actually one of my favourite dives so I just tried to do it how I do in training and I’m pleased how it worked out.

“I was so nervous but I just had to find a way to calm myself down so I could concentrate on the dives.

“I don’t like to concentrate on other people and what they’re doing so I just focus on myself and try not to get distracted.

“I got a good score to make the final and I was hoping for a medal but I didn’t think it would be gold.”

Shanice Lobb just fell short of joining Toulson on the podium as she finished in fourth, but earlier James Heatly claimed 1m springboard bronze.

In the end Russian duo Nikita Shleikher and Ilia Molchanov were too strong for the rest of the field as they racked up 543.8 and 512.2 respectively to take the top-two spots.

But Heatly was the best of the rest as he opened with a reverse 1/12 somersault 1/12 twists but it was his final two dives – a reverse 2/12 somersault and inward 2/12 somersault – that sealed the bronze.

Heatly said: "I'm really happy, I'm quite surprised because my second dive wasn't so good and I dropped that so just the fact that I could pick myself back up is something I'm very happy with.

"I wasn't expecting a medal, I knew my PB would be top five so I knew it was a possibility but I didn't really think I could do it.

"Glasgow was an amazing experience and being in front of a home crowd helped, junior worlds didn't go so well but I'm really happy I could come back.

"There is good support here and the fact everyone is here gives you so much more confidence and takes the nerves away."

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