Olympic24: More diving success while swimmers impress in Tbilisi

Olympic24: More diving success while swimmers impress in Tbilisi

30 July 2015 / 07:13

It was another historic night for Great Britain’s divers at the World Championships in Kazan, while there was a hat-trick of bronze swimming medals to celebrate at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree win team event gold
  • Tonia Couch qualifies for 10m Platform final and books a Rio quota place in the process
  • Sophie Hobbah wins two bronze medals while Annalea Davison wins one in Tbilisi
  • Hannah Pugsley claims a second silver medal at the European Shooting Championships
  • Jade Jones heads GB Taekwondo team for World Grand Prix series opener

Daley and Gallantree in golden form

Rebecca Gallantree and Tom Daley 

Great Britain’s divers had never won more than one medal at a World Championships, but Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree changed all that in some style as they claimed team event gold in Kazan.

Following on from Jack Laugher and Chris Mears’ 3m synchro bronze 24 hours earlier, Daley and Gallantree scored 434.65 to take the win ahead of Ukraine in second and China in third.

"We didn't have any expectations ahead of the competition as we know China is so strong and it felt surreal to be competing and, the next thing, we're on top of the podium," said Olympic bronze medallist Daley.

"It's an insane feeling and thanks to Becky for diving so well."

Gallantree added: "We came in for a bit of fun and to practice ahead of our individual events, but it became a bit more than that.

"I never thought I would be a world champion and it's amazing to say now that I am."

Couch secures GB a Rio quota place

Tonia Couch 

Tonia Couch stormed into her fourth consecutive World Championships 10m Platform final in Kazan, securing Team GB another Rio 2016 Olympic quota place in the process.

Having progressed in ninth from the morning preliminaries on 328.70, the 26-year old raised her level to score 339.70 and book her spot in Thursday’s final, qualifying in seventh as China’s Ren Qian led the way on 432.15

European gold medallist Sarah Barrow, whose training has been disrupted by an on-going shin injury this season, was also in action in the semi-final but missed out on qualification as she finished 18th on 283.10.

But there was little doubt over Couch’s progression as she stayed rooted in the top ten throughout the rounds, scoring 64 or more for all five of her dives.

"I'm chuffed to make the final because it's been a very tough day, starting at 7am and finishing at 4:30 pm," Couch, who finished sixth with Barrow in the 10m Synchro earlier in the week, told British Swimming.

"I think it showed on everybody because a lot of divers didn't dive their best today but I think it will be different tomorrow.

"Getting that Olympic quota place is great and takes a little bit of weight of my shoulders so I'm very happy about that as well."

Hobbah’s double delight in Tbilisi

Sophie Hobbah at Tbilisi 2015 

A hat-trick of swimming bronze medals, including a Sophie Hobbah double, rounded off another successful day for Team GB at Tbilisi 2015.

Hobbah’s 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley triumphs came either side of Annalea Davison’s bronze medal swim in the 400m freestyle as Team GB’s medal count reached eight at the halfway point of the European Youth Olympic Festival.

It was Hobbah’s only day of competing at Tbilisi 2015 and the 13-year-old Leeds swimmer was delighted to be bringing home two medals after her first ever international meet.

“I feel absolutely amazing. In the 200m back I turned on the first 50m and felt strong but on the last 50m I couldn’t feel my legs. But I just kept going and when I saw that bronze medal on the screen I was so happy,” said Hobbah.

“The whole experience has been amazing. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many people get to do so being selected was brilliant and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Pugsley wins another European silver medal

Britain's Hannah Pugsley won her second silver medal at the European Shooting Championships in Slovenia.

The 23-year-old set a British record 577 in the 300m three-position rifle, but missed out on gold once again to Lisa Muller, the German beating Pugsley in a tie-break in the 300m prone rifle on Monday.

Pugsley shot a 196/200 in kneeling, 200/200 in prone and 181/200 in standing in Maribor, but admitted she could have done better.

"I came off the firing point and honestly didn't think I'd done enough, but my name kept creeping up the leaderboard,” she said.

"I think I could have done more. But on reflection it looks as though everybody had a difficult time in standing.

"It may have been the weather conditions that caused that because the wind can come from the side, the back and the front on this range."

Jones heads GB team for Moscow opener

Jade Jones 

Jade Jones will lead the Great British contingent at next month’s World Grand Prix series opener in Moscow from August 14-16, the Olympic champion set to return to action for the first time since winning European Games gold in June.

The 22-year-old won the overall World Grand Prix series at -57kg in Mexico last December and she will be joined in the same weight division by teenager and 2015 World Championship bronze medallist Rachelle Booth. The 19-year-old from Wigan moves down from -62kg after her silver medal at last weekend's Chuncheon Open in South Korea.

Reigning world champion Bianca Walkden will be eyeing up a first ever World Grand Prix gold medal while Lutalo Muhammad and Mahama Cho, title winners at the inaugural Grand Prix in December 2013, are also given the nod.

They will be keen to revive those successes as qualification for Rio 2016 hots up while Scot Damon Sansum is another former Grand Prix medal winner from Astana in 2014.

In contrast, 17-year-old Max Cater will make his Grand Prix debut in Russia after a year of success including victories at the Bosnia and Swiss Opens.

So too will Charlie Maddock, 19, in the women's competition after she became Britain's first female European Games gold medallist in Baku, beating teammate Jones to the punch by 24 hours.

Experienced duo Jordan Gayle and new dad Martin Stamper complete the squad line-up at -68kg, with Hall already turning his attentions to Rio.

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