Heslop finishes fourth in strong European platform final in Kazan

PLYMOUTH Diving’s Aidan Heslop had to settle for a fourth place finish for the second time within the space of 24 hours at the European Junior Championships in Kazan.

After just missing out on a three-metre synchro medal with GB partner Oliver Crompton on Saturday evening, Heslop was also fourth in a strong boys’ A platform final on Sunday.

Heslop dropped his first dive but he recovered brilliantly on his second effort, scoring an impressive 81.00 points to put himself back in contention.

Russian stars Ruslan Ternovoi and Maksim Malofeev, who were synchro gold medallists in 2017, were dominating the event, but Heslop was battling hard for bronze with Germany’s Tom Waldsteiner, who just got ahead on the final two dives.

Heslop, though, did finish as first Brit, beating fellow Commonwealth Games athlete Lucas Thomson, who came fifth, 31 points behind his team-mate.

Youth Olympic medallist Ternovoi took victory in the end by a massive 82 points.

Meanwhile, at the Swim England National Age Group Championships in Sheffield, Plymouth Diving’s Curtis Yuen gave another display as his talent by winning the boys’ A three-metre event as a guest. Like he had done in the one-metre event, the Plymouth College pupil finished 30 points ahead of any of his rivals.

There was second silver medal in two days for Scarlett Colbourne in the girls’ D category. After taking second in the three-metre competition on Saturday, she also claimed the same position in the platform event in Sheffield.

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