Diver Swain collects World Series Bronze in Sheffield

PUBLISHED: 18:03 21 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:21 26 October 2009

WELWYN Olympic diver Ben Swain was happy with how he and 3m synchro partner Nick Robinson-Baker performed at the FINA Diving World Series in Sheffield. The duo claimed bronze at Ponds Forge and only just missed out on the silver medal. Swain, a former Mon

WELWYN Olympic diver Ben Swain was happy with how he and 3m synchro partner Nick Robinson-Baker performed at the FINA Diving World Series in Sheffield.

The duo claimed bronze at Ponds Forge and only just missed out on the silver medal.

Swain, a former Monk's Walk School pupil, said: "It felt good.

"We were happy to use our new dive and to score well from it.

"The medals we have got in the series are all part of our build up towards 2012.

"We are constantly improving with our diving and are working hard towards the Rome World Championships."

Up in Sheffield the men's 3m synchro gold belonged to Chinese pair Qin Kai and Zhang Xinhua.

However, only one point separated the top three teams after the required dives.

It wasn't until the optional ones that China began to put space between themselves and the field.

They didn't perform their optional dives to their usual standard, but still scored consistently with high tariff dives to give themselves a 30-point lead after the fourth round.

Kai and Xinhua finished with a score of 441.54.

The fight for silver was left to Swain and Robinson-Baker, the German team and the Ukrainians.

Germans Hausding and Feck were in second place after their third round dive with Robinson-Baker and Swain close behind.

After the fourth round, Robinson-Baker and Swain were only two points behind them.

However, it was the fifth round that saw the three teams fall within only one point of each other leaving the fight for second place down to the final round.

Ukraine's Illya Kvasha and Oleksiy Prygorov missed their reverse 2 1/2 somersaults 1 1/2 twists piked to leave the silver medal up for grabs.

Robinson-Baker and former Beaumont diver Swain performed their forward 2 1/2 somersaults 2 twists piked excellently to score eights and finish with an impressive score of 420.75.

The German pair took to the boards and executed their reverse 2 1/2 somersaults 1 1/2 twists piked well and overtook the Brits to steal the silver medal out of their grasp with a final score of 424.62.

Swain and his partner secured their second series bronze and now have a good chance of winning the overall ranking for the entire series.


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