European Diving Championships bronze leaves Woodward surprised

European Diving Championships bronze leaves Woodward surprised

18 June 2017 / 10:13

Freddie Woodward and James Heatly took Great Britain’s European Diving Championships medal tally to five after winning bronze in the men’s 3m synchro final in Kiev, Ukraine.

The duo finished behind Russia pair Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Zakharov, who took gold, and Oleg Kolodiy and Illya Kvasha, who scooped silver.

Woodward and Heatly’s podium finish was Britain’s fifth medal of the championships, which includes three golds going into the final day of competition on Sunday.

Lois Toulson won women’s individual 10m gold, as well as triumphing in the mixed synchro with Matthew Lee.

Ruby Bower and Phoebe Banks won the women’s 10m synchro event.

After Saturday’s performance, Woodward admitted he was surprised he and Heatly managed to come away with a medal given the quality of the field.

"We are a little bit surprised by this medal,” said Woodward. “It was a really strong competition with altogether twelve teams.

“We rarely had such a big number [competing] within the past years. Before the last dive we knew that a medal for us could be possible.

“James risked a look on the scoreboard and we noticed this could be a chance for third place. And, finally, it worked out with the last dive."

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