London World Series bronze for Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow


PLYMOUTH divers Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow claimed another World Series bronze medal on Friday.

The duo had secured their first synchro podium finish of the series the week before in Kazan, Russia, and they matched that achievement in front of a noisy home crowd in London.

Couch and Barrow scored 311.88 points in a tight final, which was won by China’s Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu with 332.88 points.

Malaysia’s Jun Hoong Cheong and Mun Yee Leong took second with 314.94, with Canadian pair of Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion missing out on a medal altogether with a fourth-placed finish with 299.31 points.

Couch and Barrow were delighted to continue their from from Russia and make the podium again.

“We’re absolutely over the moon,” said Couch. “We really focused on what we had to do today and we achieved it.

“We’ve got the World Championships to look forward to this year and to be consistently winning medals during this series is a great indicator of where we are going into that competition.”

Barrow added: “We felt a little bit of pressure coming into the London leg after our bronze last week in Russia, especially in front of a home crowd and friends and family.

“We managed to keep the momentum going from last week so we’re really happy.”

Couch and Barrow will now turn their attentions to the individual event on Sunday. They are drawn in separate semi-finals, with Couch in the largest one where she will face Liu, Benfeito and Malaysian pair Cheong and Pandelela Rinong.


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