Rebecca Gallantree admitted diving with a smile on her face was key as she booked her spot in the World Championships 3m springboard final, and with it secured Great Britain yet another quota place at Rio 2016.
It’s been a busy meet for Gallantree in Kazan with the 30-year-old scooping her first ever World Championships medal when she took team gold alongside Tom Daley on Wednesday.
But despite an early start on Friday, she was on form again, making smooth progress through both the prelims and the semi-final to reach her first individual 3m final at her four World Championships.
She was never out of the top ten in the semi-final, eventually finishing with a score of 305.10 to qualify as the eighth-best diver.
And having become the first British female diver to win a World Championship medal with her team result two days ago, Gallantree admitted a more relaxed approach to her individual event had paid dividends.
“To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about qualifying for the final,” Gallantree, who becomes the second Brit to reach a 3m Springboard final in Kazan with Jack Laugher competing in tonight’s men’s event, told British Swimming.
“I was just trying to enjoy it and not put too much pressure on myself and I think that really works for me.
“It feels pretty amazing but I’m also pretty tired because it’s been a very hard morning but I’m really chuffed.
“I was up at five this morning for the prelim and basically haven’t stopped since. My body is hurting right now but I’ll go back to the hotel, have an ice bath and chill out and watch Jack in the men’s final tonight.”
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