Aquatics

Couch and Toulson finish seventh in World Championship synchro final

PLYMOUTH’S Tonia Couch and her Great Britain diving partner Lois Toulson finished seventh in the women’s 10m synchro final at the World Championships in Budapest on Sunday evening.

The pair, who had come fifth at last year’s Olympic Games, had qualified for the final in ninth place.

However, they produced an improved display to score 300.48 points in a highly-competitive final and finish at the top European pair.

The top seven teams all scored more than 300 points with China’s Qian Ren and Yajie Si winning with 352.56 points.

Second place went to North Korea’s Mi Rae Kim and Kuk Hyang Kim with 336.48 points. Malaysia’s Jun Hoong Cheong and Pandelela Pamg took bronze with 328.74 points.

Couch and Yorkshire’s Toulson, who have only been competing with each for 18 months, saved their best dive for last, scoring 72.96 points for their back two-and-a-half sommersaults and one-and-a-half twist pike dive.

After the competition Couch said: “This is my seventh World Championships and I’ve done synchro with Stacey Powell, Sarah Barrow and now little Lois. She’s been absolutely amazing and I love her to bits.”

“I felt we dived pretty well. I think the scoring was hard for everyone which makes it fair. I felt like we’ve come away from the final a lot happier than we did this morning.”

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