Team GB at Baku 2015: Day Nine Preview

Team GB at Baku 2015: Day Nine Preview

21 June 2015 / 04:37

Teenager Matthew Dixon has the chance to make a splash wearing the Olympic rings in Baku today and hopes he can begin to follow in the footsteps of fellow Plymouth-born diver Tom Daley.

Dixon, 15, competes in the 10m platform, the same discipline in which Daley shot to prominence as a 14-year-old representing Team GB at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and has since won bronze at London 2012 as well as world, European and Commonwealth medals.

Hailing from the home of British diving, Dixon has had the benefit of Daley's wisdom and hopes to emulate the iconic 21-year-old's achievements.

“I'd like to be like Tom Daley. He is one of the best in the world at the moment,” said Dixon.

“He is someone I look up to. His success is really good, he won in London and came third in Canada, so he has been doing really well in the world series.

“I just want to go to an Olympics and get a medal at a world series.

“I'm from Plymouth and Tom was from Plymouth originally before he moved up to London. But when he was down we used to talk a lot. He has been good to give me advice.

“British diving is like one big family. If you're competing against another person you are not thinking 'I've got to beat you' you wish them luck and hope they do well. We always support each other.”

Dixon's primary focus for now though, is on performing well in the Baku Aquatics Centre.

This year has already brought a silver medal at the British Championships and he is no stranger to international competition either, having dived at the European Championships in Rostock, Germany.

And though Dixon will be up again the cream of his sport in Azerbaijan, he is still hopeful of a strong showing.

“I would really like a medal, because it is a junior event,” he added.

“It is Group A and B divers mixed into one. I'm Group B so will be against the Group A's, but I would love it if I come up with a medal.

“It's been a really good season. I've had a few golds and one silver, so overall it has been going well.”

Dixon will feature alongside Matty Lee in the men’s platform from 13:00 BST, while Katherine Torrance and Lydia Rosenthall go in the women’s 3m springboard.

Todayalso sees the final day of gymnastics action, with medals up for grabs in the trampoline and acrobatic events, with Hannah Baughn and Ryan Bartlett looking to add to their all-around bronze medal in the mixed pair finals.

There’s more from Team GB’s boxers too with Antony Fowler, Sam Maxwell and Josh all in the ring, while Nicky Hunt continues in the women’s individual archery competition and  shooters Mike Gilligan and Jeremy Bird are back out in day two of the men’s skeet qualification.

 

Team GB at Baku 2015: Day Nine Schedule

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Event: Women’s group final - balance 12:05 BST, dynamic 14:25 BST – Jennifer Bailey, Cicely Irwin, Josie Russell

Where to watch: Watch live on ESPN and online at www.Baku2015.com

Event: Mixed pair finals – dynamic 10:35 BST, balance 13:30 BST – Hannah Baughn, Ryan Bartlett

Where to watch: Watch live on ESPN and online at www.Baku2015.com

 

Archery

Event: Women’s individual 1/16 eliminations 07:36 BST – Nicky Hunt vs Natalia Erdynieva (RUS)

Where to watch: Watch online at www.Baku2015.com

                                                                      

Boxing

Event: Men’s light welter -64kg round of 16 15:45 BST – Sam Maxwell vs Clarence Goyeram (SWE)

Where to watch: Watch online at www.Baku2015.com

Event: Men’s welter -69kg round of 16 09:45 – Josh Kelly vs Mahamed Nurudzinau (BEL)

Where to watch: Watch online at www.Baku2015.com

Event: Men’s middle -70kg round of 16 10:30 BST – Antony Fowler vs Salvatore Cavallaro (ITA)

Where to watch: Watch online at www.Baku2015.com

 

Diving

Event: Men’s platform preliminaries 13:04 BST – Matty Lee, Matthew Dixon (Final at 16:17 BST tomorrow)

Where to watch: Watch the finals live on BT Sport 2 from 16:15 BST and online at www.Baku2015.com

Event: Women’s 3m springboard preliminaries 05:00 BST – Lydia Rosenthall, Katherine Torrance (Final at 15:00 tomorrow)

Where to watch: Watch the finals live on BT Sport 2 from 15:00 BST and online at www.Baku2015.com

 

Trampoline

Event: Women’s individual final 06:00 BST – Katherine Driscoll

Where to watch: Watch live on BT Sport 1 and online at www.Baku2015.com

Event: Women’s team synchronised final 07:00 BST – Katherine Driscoll, Laura Gallagher

Where to watch: Watch live on BT Sport 1 and online at www.Baku2015.com

 

Shooting

Event: Men’s skeet qualification day 2 09:00 BST – Jeremy Bird, Michael Gilligan

Where to watch: Watch the finals liv on BT Sport Extra from 10:30 BST and online at www.Baku2015.com