Gallantree focused on the Olympics

19 May 2012 / 12:58

Rebecca Gallantree will put her Olympic preparation before any thoughts of a European Championships medal in the women's 3metre springboard.

Gallantree qualified for the final in sixth place, with a score of 280.95, but was more concerned about fine-tuning a slight change to one of her dives.

The 27-year-old has increased the degree of difficulty of her list in readiness for the Games, by changing her inward two-and-a-half somersault from a tucked to a piked position.

It is a dive Gallantree has performed before but, after it was her second-lowest scorer on Saturday morning, is putting thoughts of a medal to one side for now.

"A big part of today was to use the inward pike and see how it was looking for later on this year," Gallantree said. "I'm absolutely not thinking of a that (a medal). I'm just thinking of performing well.

"It is not really a new dive, but it's a higher tariff.

"I've used it before in 2008 and 2009 but I did go back to doing a tuck when I was doing a lot of platform training as well. Now I've cut back on the platform so I've had more time to work on it."

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Starling, a finalist at the Euorpean Diving Championships last year, progressed in 10th after posting a score of 274.50.

"I just did what I could. I just kept my head together and enjoyed it," she said.

"Some things could have been better but it was enough. I'll save that for the afternoon, hopefully."