Heslop claims bronze at Oslo leg of Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

PLYMOUTH diver Aidan Heslop heads into this week’s European Championships in confident mood after another medal-winning performance at the latest Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event in Oslo.

Heslop took bronze in Norway in front of 55,000 people with 427.70 points, finishing behind nine-times champion Gary Hunt, who scored 444.90 points, and Italian Alessandro De Rose, who finished on 433.95 points.

The 20-year-old Plymothian’s performance in Oslo was particularly impressive as it came just days after competing for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Heslop won the opening Red Bull event in Boston and sits third in the world series standings at the halfway point, having finished in the top six at all four events so far.

He will now be looking for success for his country in Rome as high diving makes its European Championship debut.

Heslop will represent Great Britain, alongside fellow Plymothian Owen Weymouth. The high diving event in the Italian capital will start on Thursday.

However, Plymouth platform diver Matthew Dixon has been forced to pull out of the Great Britain squad for the European Championships due to the back injury that troubled him at the Commonwealth Games.

Dixon was due to compete in the men’s 10m event in Rome but his place will now be taken by Kyle Kothari.

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