Aquatics

Plymouth Diving’s Dixon retains his European junior title with impressive display

PLYMOUTH’S Matthew Dixon retained his European boys’ A platform title on Sunday with an impressive display of diving.

The Plymouth Studio School pupil claimed victory in Bergen, Norway, by more than 20 points, with his GB synchro partner Noah Williams taking silver.

Dixon scored 568.75 points, with included some marks from the prelims, with Williams finishing with 546.45 points and Russia’s Emil Ibragimov taking bronze with 477.25.

The Plymouth teenager, who last month finished sixth at the European senior championships, scored more than 72 points for four of his five dives in the final.

He got off to the best possible starts by picking up a stunning 90.75 points for his opening armstand back triple somersault, which included one 10.

His third round back three-and-a-half somersault effort was also impressive, scoring 82.50 points.

Dixon, who won a world junior bronze medal last year, helped Great Britain finish second in the medal table behind Russia with two golds, three silver and three bronze medals.

He also won a silver in the synchro event with Williams, while fellow Plymouth diver Aidan Heslop won a bronze medal in the boys’ B platform final.

Meanwhile, fellow Plymouth diver Madeline Coquoz ended her championships by finishing 11th in the girls’ A three-metre final.  She had won a silver medal for Switzerland in the girls’ three-metre synchro.

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