Couch underlines medal hopes with personal best

24 July 2013 / 18:21

Tonia Couch admitted she was lost for words after a career best qualifying performance at the diving World Championships in Barcelona.

Couch posted a personal best 368.15 to finish second behind China’s Olympic and defending World champion Chen Ruolin.

And hopes are now high that she could win Britain's first medal in the Catalan capital, while she will be joined in the final by team-mate and training partner Sarah Barrow, who ranked sixth in qualifying.

"I don’t actually know what happened," said Couch. "I seemed to be able to put everything together at the same time so I’m really pleased with myself.

"This has made me a lot more confident. Going into the prelims, I was a little worried because I hadn’t done an individual at this level since the worlds in 2011.

"I’m going to go into the final and do the same and enjoy myself because I really enjoyed myself today and it put me in a good position to dive.

"It was really exciting at the end but in a way, I’m glad I didn’t finish first because I wouldn’t have known what to do with myself, I’ve got nothing to lose."

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