Aquatics

Weymouth warms up for World Championships with victory in Crete

PLYMOUTH’S Owen Weymouth warmed up for this month’s World Aquatic Championships by claiming victory at the Agios Nikolaos Cliff Diving Competition in Crete.

The 18-year-old was the youngest male competitor in the event on the Greek island, but he proved the stand-out athlete.

Weymouth scored 418.500 points to finish clear of Switzerland’s Jan Wermelinger, who collected 403.350 points to take second. Third place went to 30-year-old Kris Kolanus of Poland, who scored 403.350.

After the event, Weymouth said on social media: “It’s not every day you get to stand in front of thousands of people and have your national anthem played to them. Agios Nikolaos has the best atmosphere.”

The city youngster will compete for Great Britain in the high diving event at this month’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

That competition takes place between July 28 and July 30 and Weymouth will again be the youngest in the field.

He will be joined in the GB squad by defending champion Gary Hunt and Olympian and former European cliff diving champion Blake Aldridge.

Weymouth and fellow Plymouth high divers, including fellow international Iris Schmidbauer, have been training regular at Adrenalin Quarry near Liskeard.

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