Athletics

Couch and Daley confirmed in GB squad for World Champs in Budapest

 

PLYMOUTH-born divers Tonia Couch and Tom Daley have been named in Great Britain’s squad for this summer’s World Championships in Budapest.

The pair will form part of a 12-strong team heading to the Hungarian capital in July.

Also in the squad are former Plymouth Diving club members Dan Goodfellow and Robyn Birch, as well as Olympic gold medallists Jack Laugher and Chris Mears.

Daley will once again team up with Goodfellow in the mens’ 10m synchro event, where they won bronze at last summer’s Olympic Games.

Daley will also compete in the mixed three-metre synchro with Grace Reid and compete in the individual event where he won gold in 2009.

National performance director Alexei Evangulov said: “I believe we have selected the strongest team we have for the World Championships.

“The first World Championships of a new quadrennial is always an interesting challenge which often sees new athletes competing so it will be good for us to see who our international rivals bring out to compete.

“On the back of the success in Rio we know that we need to keep building and moving forwards which is why I know our team will continue to work hard to be in the best shape they can be for Budapest. This year our focus is more on the mixed synchro and our best athletes are involved in these events.”

The diving events in Budapest will take place between July 14 and July 22, with the swimming events, which will feature Plymouth Leander’s Ben Proud, starting on July 23.

The British team is:

Jack Laugher  – City of Leeds

Chris Mears – City of Leeds

Ross Haslam – City of Sheffield

Grace Reid – Edinburgh Diving

Katherine Torrance – City of Leeds

Tom Daley – Dive London

Dan Goodfellow – City of Leeds

Tonia Couch – Plymouth Diving

Lois Toulson – City of Leeds

Robyn Birch – Dive London

Matty Lee – City of Leeds

James Heatly – Edinburgh Diving

 

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