Plymouth’s Matthew Dixon so close to reaching first FINA Grand Prix final

Dixon4bPLYMOUTH Diving’s Matthew Dixon came so close to reaching the platform final at his first senior FINA Grand Prix event.

The 14-year-old qualified eighth from 21 world divers in the preliminary round in the men’s individual competition at the Canada Cup in Gatineau.

He then came fourth in his semi-final, missing out on a spot in the final by just 0.80 points.

Dixon scored 397.25 points, with Malaysia’s Tze Laing Ooi taking the all-important third place with 398.05 points.

China’s Anqi Wang won Dixon’s semi-final with 442.10, with Mexico’s Diego Balleza second on 429.00. Fellow Great Britain diver Matty Lee finished sixth with 351.40.

Friday will see Dixon’s Plymouth team-mate Robyn Birch compete in the women’s individual platform event. She will then also take part in the synchro competition on Saturday, with Georgia Ward.


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