Plymouth divers Couch and Barrow ease into world final

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow

PLYMOUTH divers Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow eased into the final of the women’s 10m synchro event at the World Aquatic Championships in Kazan.

The city pair, hoping to become Great Britain’s first female World Championship medal winners, qualified fourth from the preliminary competition with 302.52 points.

They will go into this evening’s final knowing they do have room for improvement with only one of their dives – their last one – scoring more than 67 points.

They did collect 74.88 points for their last effort which should boost them ahead of the final.

Commonwealth Games silver medallists Couch and Barrow will certainly know a podium place is there for the taking if they can perform to their best.

“That was quite steady for us,” said Barrow. “We have dived better and hopefully we’ll be able to dive better in the final.”

Couch added:  “We just need to sharpen up a few things and hopefully get a little bit more on the requireds, but I’m pretty pleased with the performance.”

China’s Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu were the top qualifiers with 330.24 points, but there was not much between the rest of the teams.

Canadian divers Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion were second in the preliminaries with 313.26 points and Malaysia’s Pandelela Pamg and Mun Yee Leong third with 311.04.

The final will start at 5.30pm UK time.


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