Aquatics / Olympics

Plymouth divers confirmed in GB squad for Olympic Games in Rio

Couch and Barrow

SARAH BARROW, Tonia Couch, Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow have all been named in Great Britain’s diving squad for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Plymouth-born Couch, Daley and Barrow have all competed at previous Olympic Games, but it will be Goodfellow’s first.

He will compete with Daley in the men’s 10m synchro competition.

Daley and Couch, who will be heading to their third Games, will double up in Rio, will be taking part in the individual and synchro events.

Barrow will compete in the individual women’s 10m competition after proving her fitness and form by winning the British Championships.

Couch said: “It’s really exciting to be able to say I am officially going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“This will be my third Olympics and I feel I have learnt so much from both Beijing and London that I can use to my advantage in Rio.

“The pool is great and I loved competing there in February so can’t wait to go back. The Olympics makes everyone step up their game which will be exciting to see.”

Daley added:  “To have the confirmation that I am going to my third Olympic Games is really exciting. Rio was amazing when we went in February and I can’t wait to go back and see what the pool will look like.

“I’ve really loved competing through the last two years and got really promising results at the World Championships and the European Championships.

“The men’s 10m platform and synchro will be tight fields with so many talented athletes and I’m going to do everything I can to ensure I’m at my best for my two events in Rio.”

Britain are taking 11 divers to Rio.

Diving team leader Alexei Evangulov said: “We have selected a strong team of divers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which includes an Olympic medallist and four world medallists. It’s good to see four divers making their Olympic debut too.

“In the last two years we have seen impressive performances from the team to not only win medals at the World Championships in 2015 but also secure all but one of our quota places at the World Cup in February.

“I know that each one of our 11 divers will continue to work hard in the coming weeks to ensure they are in the best shape possible for their competition day in Rio.”

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