Barrow keeps winning over the judges

29 April 2015 / 18:52

Sarah Barrow is hoping familiarity breeds extra respect as she looks towards next year's Rio Olympics.

Barrow and synchro diving partner Tonia Couch are now established as one of the world's leading partnerships, as former European champions and silver medallists at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Together they won bronze at the last edition of the Diving World Series in Kazan, which means they head to this weekend's event at London's Olympic pool in confident mood.

"You don't get into the World Series unless you are in the world's top eight but that's not enough, you want to be regularly contesting for the medals," said Barrow, who also won the individual 10m platform title at last year's European Championships in Berlin.

"It's an advantage to qualify because when you get to the big events like the Olympics or World Championships, the judges remember you and know you better.

"If you’ve got medals then it gives a push to the judges to recognise you and see you as an elite pair."

Barrow finished fifth with Couch on her Olympic debut at London 2012 but insists only a podium place will do this weekend.

And then sights will be reset for this summer's World Championships back in Kazan, where the duo will look to improve on their fifth place two years ago in Barcelona.

"Our aspiration is at least a medal this weekend," she added.  "It was a fifth place at the Olympics in this pool but we’ve improved a lot since then and our confidence is high.

"If you’ve got a home-crowd advantage and they’re cheering for you, instead of getting sevens from the judges, with the massive roar of the crowd you'll get 7.5.

"And it’s that half a point that can make a difference between getting a medal or not."

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