Another bronze for Swain
PUBLISHED: 11:11 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:23 26 October 2009
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OLYMPIC diving hopeful Ben Swain showed just why he is a medal contender for Beijing with a world-class performance in Sheffield. The former WGC schoolboy bagged a bronze medal on the second day of the FINA Diving World Series at the Ponds Forge Internati
OLYMPIC diving hopeful Ben Swain showed just why he is a medal contender for Beijing with a world-class performance in Sheffield.
The former WGC schoolboy bagged a bronze medal on the second day of the FINA Diving World Series at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.
Swain, who started his career with the Hatfield-based Beaumont Diving Academy, and 3m synchro partner Nick Robinson-Baker were third against the world's elite in Yorkshire.
The performance was the perfect tonic ahead of next month's dive-off for the right to represent GB at the Olympics.
Former Monk's Walk School pupil Swain and Robinson-Baker have already qualified Britain for the 3m men's synchro but must now earn their own places in the team for Beijing in August.
That should be a formality after the duo claimed a podium placing against the world's best in Sheffield, just like they did last year.
China's divers dominated the competition again, but Swain and Robinson-Baker showed they are potential Olympic medallists with another impressive display.
China's Wang Feng and Qin Kai tussled with Russian pair Yurij Kunakov and Sautin for the top spot in the men's 3m synchro event.
In the end, the Chinese pair produced some near perfect performances in the last three dives with the greatest difficulty.
The Russians, performing the same set of dives, lost crucial marks for their synchronisation and had to settle for silver.
Robinson-Baker and Swain replicated their performance from this event last year and held off a late challenge from American pair Jevon Tarantino and Christopher Colwill to take the bronze.
Swain said: "It was a tense final and my legs were really shaking in the last round, but we held it together for a medal."
Diving partner Robinson-Baker added: "We've had some quality preparation leading into this event and it showed today.
"The crowd really got behind us and we grabbed another international medal."
Swain also dived in the semi-finals of the men's 3m event on the first day.
Despite strong performances on his more difficult dives, keeping the pressure on the leaders in this group, Swain could not catch up with American Troy Dumais and Mexican Yahel Castillo as they took the last two places in the final.
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