Couch and Barrow adamant world medal will come after miss

22 July 2013 / 19:38

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow will separate and compete individually at the World Championships spurred on by their near medal miss together in the 10m synchro in Barcelona.

Couch and Barrow had to settle for fifth with a score of 309.72 at the iconic Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc as Chinese pair Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu took gold with 356.28.

The 2012 European champions and 2013 runners-up were as high as third after three of their five dives but couldn’t maintain their position as they just missed out.

The British duo will now compete individually in the 10m platform, which begins with the preliminaries and semi-finals on Wednesday, with Barrow disappointed with their fifth place together.

“We compete against the same countries in every competition pretty much,” said Barrow. “We got medals in the World Series this year against the same teams so we know we can beat them.

“Apart from the Chinese, the top eight in the world are always changing really. It just needs to go right on the day.

“We’ve been working really hard on inward which has been our lowest scoring dive the past few years but was our highest in prelims and finals.

“You start on one dive and another one goes a bit. One day we’ll get it all together.”

Meanwhile British synchronised swimmer Jenna Randall’s busy week in Barcelona continued – and it isn’t about to let up either as she booked her spot in the solo free final.

Competing in her fifth routine in three days, Randall scored 87.970 for ninth in the solo free preliminaries and has vowed to keep finding the energy to make improvements in the final.

“I have been feeling a bit heavy after doing four events already and waking up early,” said Randall. “It was a better swim than when I was warming up earlier so I am pleased.

“I have got the final on Wednesday and I will be really working on the figures; really trying to get the leg extension and extra holds to hopefully get higher marks.”

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