Eight-strong diving squad head to Kazan for World Series

Eight-strong diving squad head to Kazan for World Series

28 March 2017 / 11:29

Eight British divers will hope to continue the nation’s success in the World Series as they head out to the next leg in Kazan this weekend.

With medals galore in the two events so far this season, Tom Daley and Jack Laugher headline the team flying to Russia as preparations continue for this summer’s World Championships.

Laugher has already won a gold and three silver medals in the series so far – two of which have come with synchro partner Chris Mears – as the 3m springboard diver continues his success from Rio 2016, when he won a gold, with Mears, and a silver in the individual event.

National performance director Alexei Evangulov is looking forward to the event and expects a tough test as divers continue to improve throughout the season.

“The World Series is going to be a good test for our athletes to return to international competition,” he told British Swimming.

“It also gives the divers the platform on which to return to peak fitness sooner, facing tough international competition and be ready to challenge for podium positions in the summer.

“It will provide us with an opportunity from a strategic point of view to identify who our main competition will be, come the FINA World Championships in Budapest later this year.

“The team selected features a mixture of new and experienced World Series competitors and we hope to use the opening legs to build a strong foundation at the start of the Tokyo cycle.”

Daley has also enjoyed success so far this season, with a 10m platform silver in Guangzhou, which followed bronze in Beijing.

Joining Daley, Laugher and Mears in Kazan will be Dan Goodfellow, Tonia Couch, Katherine Torrance, Lois Toulson and Grace Reid.

The full squad:

Tom Daley – Dive London

Daniel Goodfellow – City of Leeds

Jack Laugher- City of Leeds

Chris Mears – City of Leeds

Tonia Couch – Plymouth Diving

Katherine Torrance – City of Leeds

Lois Toulson – City of Leeds

Grace Reid – Edinburgh Diving

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