Plymouth diver Dixon finishes fifth at FINA Grand Prix in Rostock

PLYMOUTH diver Matthew Dixon continued his preparations for April’s Commonwealth Games by claiming a top five finish at the FINA Grand Prix in Rostock.

Competing against some of the world’s best men’s platform divers, Dixon, 17, had to progress through the preliminary round and semi-finals to reach the final in Germany.

He qualified seventh in the preliminary round and then finished third in his semi-final, which featured three-time world champion Qiu Bo.

Only the top six divers from 26 around the world progressed to the final and Dixon was the youngest.

He was the only British diver to progress, with GB team-mate Matty Lee missing out on reaching the semi-finals by finishing 13th in the prelims.

In each round Dixon improved his score, finishing with 413.35 points for fifth place in the final, despite a disappointing fifth dive.

China’s Bo took the title, ahead of his countryman Tai Xiaohu, with Russia’s Nikita Shleikher third.

Dixon will be part of the England team that competes at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The teenager combines his diving with studying full-time for a BTEC in sport at Plymouth Studio School, which is based on the campus of Marjon University.

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