Olympic24: Gallantree's mixed emotions as Daley secures Rio quota spot

Olympic24: Gallantree's mixed emotions as Daley secures Rio quota spot

02 August 2015 / 09:44

More news from the diving World Championships in Russia while it's a big day for British triathletes on the road to Rio at today's Olympic test event at Copacabana.

  • Rebecca Gallantree finishes tenth in world 3m springboard final
  • Tom Daley secures 10m platform quota place for Rio
  • Katie Archibald top British finisher in Ride London Grand Prix
  • Timings for Olympic triathlon test event in Rio
  • Gymnast Fraser named as flag bearer for European Youth Olympic Festival closing ceremony

Mixed emotions for Gallantree

Rebecca Gallantree has admitted relief she allowed her heart rather than her head to make a decision on her future after London 2012.

Gallantree was ready to retire three years ago but leaves the World Championships in Russia, having won a medal in the team event with Tom Daley and qualifying Team GB's 3m springboard quota spot for next summer's Games.

But Gallantree admitted some disappointment with her tenth place in the 3m springboard final, China's Tingmao Shi and Zi He claimed gold and silver respectively, whilst Italy's Tania Cagnotto was third.

"It's been an up and down week. First our synchro didn't go as planned and then I had the massive high of the medal in the team event with Tom," she said.

"I'm glad I qualified the Olympic spot but the final didn't quite go as I hoped. I'm just unbelievably happy that I made the choice to carry on. I was so close to retiring after London but since then I've got better and better and achieved some things that I never thought I would.

"The next aim is to qualify that spot for synchro, it's going to be tight." 

Hard work pays off for Tom Daley

Tom Daley insists the hard work was worth it after he secured a spot in the 10m platform final at Kazan's World Championships and, in the process, sealed a quota place for Great Britain at Rio 2016. 

The Olympic bronze medallist racked up 524.70 to finish third in the semi-final behind defending champion Qiu Bo of China who scored 577.00 and Yang Jian who posted 539.75 - while British World Championship debutant Matty Lee finished 18th with 357.60. 

Daley has already found himself atop the podium so far this week after he took gold in the mixed team event with Rebecca Gallantree and will now turn his attentions to Sunday's final and reclaiming the crown he took in 2009. 

But, for Daley, the main objective has been secured and he says that he can now go into the final with a weight off his shoulders knowing Britain will be represented in Rio. 
"I've been working towards this moment all year and to finally say I've qualified a spot for GB at the Olympic Games is a massive relief more than anything," Daley told British Swimming. 

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Archibald leads home British riders in Ride London Grand Prix

Katie Archibald was the top British finisher in the Ride London women's Grand Prix.
Archibald crossed the line in sixth while double Olympic champion Laura Trott come home eighth, as Italy's Barbara Guarischi beat American Shelley Olds in a sprint finish.

"In London 2012, I never got to come out on to the roads, so to race in front of the crowds is great," said Trott.

Mark Cavendish is among the favourites for today's RideLondon-Surrey Classic, while Sir Bradley Wiggins is also among a top class international field.

Rio test event will give vital intelligence for next year's Games

British triathletes will get an up close and personal look at the Rio venue in today's Olympic test event, which finishes on Copacabana.

Vicky Holland, Helen Jenkins, India Lee, Non Stanford and Jodie Stimpson compete in the women's event, which starts at 1pm BST.

While Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee leads a British men's field that includes Tom Bishop, Adam Bowden, Mark Buckingham and Aaron Harris - the race will start at 4.30pm BST.

Treble gold medallist Fraser to carry the flag at EYOF

Joe Fraser ended his Tbilisi 2015 European Youth Olympic Festival on a high after the gymnast was named as Team GB’s Flagbearer for the Closing Ceremony just hours after collecting his third gold medal of the week.

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