Couch and Barrow claim second international medal of 2013

18 May 2013 / 11:17

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow continued their fine 2013 form in Mexico as the British pair claimed their second international medal of the season at the penultimate leg of the Diving World Series.

The duo arrived in Guadalajara fresh from having picked up a bronze medal at last week’s Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix.

And they were at it again as they finished on the third step of the podium with a final score of 304.38.

Couch and Barrow, who finished fifth at London 2012, were in first place after the required rounds of dives but saw Chinese teenagers Si Yajie and Lui Huixia take gold with a final score of 336.54, while Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Leong Mun Yee scored 308.82 for silver.

But having finished ahead of Canada's Olympic bronze medallists Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (302.52) Barrow admitted the pair are heading in the right direction ahead of this summer's World Championships.

“We’re really happy to get a medal on the world stage again," said Barrow.

"The performance was consistent and to get 100 points after the requireds is a great starting point. We performed well in the last competition in Florida too and to beat the Olympic bronze medallists is a good confidence boost for us too.”

Couch and Barrow weren’t the only British success to shout about in Mexico as later Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears followed suit by winning bronze in the 3m synchro with their highest score of the season.

They finished with 407.49 points which is their highest international score since the Olympics.

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