Heslop claims top eight finish at High Diving World Cup while Underwood reaches British senior final

PLYMOUTH’S Aidan Heslop finished eighth at the World Aquatics High Diving World Cup in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the weekend.

The 21-year-old was runner-up in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series last year, and he made a good start in America and was the joint leader after the opening round.

However, he could not quite nail his next three dives as he was struggling with a groin injury and so was not able to challenge for a podium place in a competitive field, despite producing the hardest dive in the world in the final round.

The title went to Romanian Constantin Popovici, with Spain’s Carlos Gimero second and Red Bull Series winner Gary Hunt third.

Meanwhile, Plymouth’s Matthew Dixon, Euan McCabe, Oliver Heath and Amelie Underwood all took part in the British Diving Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Dixon, who has won three British individual platform titles before, just missed out on a medal in a highly-competitive men’s three-metre final. He took fourth place behind Jordan Houlden, Dan Goodfellow and Ross Haslam.

Dixon, who competes for Dive London Aquatics Club, also came sixth in the men’s platform event, which was won by Kyle Kothari.

Up-and-coming springboard diver Underwood made the women’s three metre final, where the youngster finished seventh in a competition packed with senior internationals. She also came 11th Brit in the women’s one-metre event.

McCabe just missed out on reaching the men’s one-metre final, finishing ninth Brit in the preliminary round. He was also 12th in the three-metre event.

Fellow junior Heath finished 11th Brit in three three-metre event and 14th in the one-metre.

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