Gladding's remarkable comeback on course

16 May 2012 / 07:06

Monique Gladding will bid to continue her remarkable return from near death when she competes at the European Diving Championships on Wednesday.

Gladding had to be rescued from the pool at a meet in Russia 15 months ago when she hit her head on the 10metre platform and plummeted unconscious into the water.

Team-mate Nick Robinson-Baker pulled her to safety with Gladding since revealing she was 10 seconds from death.

The incident also left the 30-year-old with a large head wound that had threatened to end her career.

Remarkably, however, she returned to competition this year, putting her fears of a return to the highest diving board behind her, and revive her dream of reaching a first ever Olympics.

Gladding took a major step towards that when she reached the World Cup final at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in February.

That display has provided hope she could threaten the medals in Eindhoven, although an impressive showing alone would provide another major boost ahead of next month's Olympic qualifiers.

Glading's Olympic dream will be decided in Sheffield early next month when she will face stiff competition from Stacie Powell, who is also in action on Wednesday, as well as synchro duo Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow.

The strong competition for places in the women's platform Olympic team underlines the depth of British diving at the moment, with arguably the strongest team in recent memory in action in Holland this week.