PLYMOUTH’S Matthew Dixon and his Great Britain diving partner Noah Williams continued their medal-winning success by claiming bronze at the European Championships in Kiev on Thursday.
The duo could not have been closer to winning the competition as less than five points separated the top three teams.
Dixon and Williams scored an impressive 412.56 points, which would have been enough for a fifth place at the recent World Championships.
It was also more than they scored last year to win European and Commonwealth Games silver medals.
The duo have now won medals at the last three senior European Championships, having also won bronze in 2017 with 388.05 points and silver last year with 399.90 points. They also won a World Junior silver medal together last year to go with their European and Commonwealth gongs.
They hardly put a foot wrong in Kiev on Thursday, scoring more than 70 points for all of their non-required dives, but Russian’s Aleksandr Belevtsev and Nikita Shleikher and Ukraine’s Oleh Serbin and Oleksii Serada, who came fourth at the recent World Championships, were also on form.
Belevtsev and Shleikher won with 417.30 points, with Sherbin and Serada scoring 413.16 for silver and Dixon and Williams agonisingly just 0.6 of a point behind with 412.56.
There was just seven points separated the teams going into the final round but all produced fantastic efforts under pressure, with Dixon and Williams scoring 84.36 points for their forward four-and-a-half somersault in tuck position dive.
“That was a really good competition,” said Dixon. “We got personal bests, we got the bronze medal and we are really happy with it.”
Dixon, who frustratingly missed out on the World Championships, will now be aiming for more success on Sunday when he competes in the individual 10m competition.