Aquatics

Plymouth’s Dixon wins silver medal with Williams at European Champs

PLYMOUTH diver Matthew Dixon added another medal to his ever-growing collection on Thursday afternoon in Edinburgh.

Dixon and his Great Britain partner Noah Williams claimed silver in the men’s platform synchro final at the European Championships.

They were only beaten by world silver medallists Aleksandr Bondar and Viktor Minibaev of Russia.

Dixon and Williams’ silver was an improvement on the bronze they won at the European Championships last year.

It also matched the colour they won at last month’s World Junior Championships in Kiev and April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The 18-year-old pair produced a consistent performance at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

They finished with a total of 399.90 points from six solid efforts, but they just did not have the degree of difficulty to beat the Russians.

The young Brits were only five points behind with one round to go, but the Russians, who had a high tariff list, nailed their final 3.6 degree of difficulty reverse two-and-a-half somersaults with two-and-a-half twists to score 90.72 points.

Afterwards Dixon said: “We’re super pleased with that result today, we’ve had some great results this year including Commonwealth silver and this is a great way to end the 2018 season.

“I’ve got the 10m individual still to go and I’m really looking forward to that and then it’s time for a quick holiday, then back to training and learning new harder dives for next year.”

Dixon and Williams will both compete in Sunday’s individual platform event.

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