Plymouth’s Dixon wins individual bronze medal at FINA Grand Prix in Canada

PLYMOUTH Diving’s Matthew Dixon claimed an impressive bronze medal in the men’s platform event at the FINA Grand Prix in Canada.

The European junior champion finished behind Chinese star Jian Yang and Canadian Olympian Vincent Riendeau and the competition in Gatineau, Quebec.

Yang won with a massive 550.60 points, with Riendeau scoring 457.25 and Dixon 446.25.

The Plymouth Studio School pupil was consistent all the way through the final with all his six dives scoring more than 71 points.

Dixon, who won a world junior bronze medal last year, had been in impressive form all the way through the competition.

He qualified second in the preliminary round with 439.50 points and topped his semi-final pool with 429.90.

His lowest scoring dive from 18 dives through three rounds was 66.30 points.

Dixon will now team up with Noah Williams on Sunday for the men’s platform synchro competition.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Dixon’s cousin Shanice Lobb, who had to settle for 21st in a strong women’s platform preliminaries.

She made a good start and was second after the first round, scoring 72 points for her forward three-and-a-half somersault.

Lobb was still in with a chance of reaching the semi-final until the fourth round, when she dropped her reverse two-and-a-half somersaults.

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