Bronze for Starling

10 October 2012 / 11:42

Hannah Starling continued Great Britain's impressive World Junior Diving Championships by claiming a bronze medal in the girls' three-metre springboard in Adelaide.

The 17-year-old, who narrowly missed the Olympic springboard final in London, scored 457.55 to claim Great Britain's third medal in as many days.

Starling held her nerve on her final dive, a forward two-and-a-half somersault with twist, to attract her best score of the final and hold off a tightly-packed chasing group.

Starling's City of Leeds team-mate Alicia Blagg finished 10th with a score of 424.10.

Starling's bronze medal ensured Great Britain remained second on the medal table at the halfway point of the six-day championships behind diving superpower China.

Starling's bronze was Great Britain's first girls medal at a junior world championships.

"I'm really happy with my bronze medal," she said. "It was so unexpected so I'm delighted. I was nervous in the prelims and I felt like there was some expectation because I competed at the Olympics so I decided to go in and just enjoy it, and it worked."

Jack Laugher won double gold on the opening two days with victory in the 3m before teaming with Tom Daley for an unexpected success in springboard synchro.

Laugher will aim for a hat-trick of titles when he returns for the 1m springboard on Thursday. The 17-year-old Ripon diver won the 1m 'B' category world junior title in Tucson two years ago.

Daley could also add to Team GB's medal tally on the final day of competition on Saturday when he competes in the 10m platform, the event in which he was crowned senior world champion as a 15-year-old in 2009.