Gladding through to 10m final

21 February 2012 / 12:33

British diver Monique Gladding reached her first individual international final at the FINA World Cup at the Olympic Aquatics Centre this morning.

The 30-year-old was unable to replicate the highs of her preliminary round yesterday but did enough to win through to tonight's 10metre platform final, finishing 10th with a score of 306.95.

Team-mate Stacie Powell spectacularly crashed out of contention on her final dive.

The 26-year-old Cambridge University student was only behind the Chinese duo of Chen Ruolin and Hu Yadan, but badly over-rotated to attract scores as low as two from the judges and miss out.

For Gladding, though, it was the continuation of a dream meet so far and, while she admitted to suffering from nerves, proved again she is capable of reaching a first ever Olympic Games.

"I'm absolutely exhausted, but it's my first ever world final individually," she said.

"I was a bit shaky this morning. I was a bit tired after yesterday. It was good to get through.

"I was having to take some deep breaths and keep it together.

"But I'm just taking the positives that although there was nothing special there was nothing stupid."

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