Grand Prix bronze for Swain in Spain

PUBLISHED: 13:52 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

DOUBLE ACT: Diver Ben Swain and synchro partner Nick Robinson-Baker

DOUBLE ACT: Diver Ben Swain and synchro partner Nick Robinson-Baker

OLYMPIC hopeful Ben Swain and his 3m springboard synchro partner Nicholas Robinson-Baker collected bronze medals at the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid at the weekend. Swain, a former Monk s Walk School pupil, and Robinson-Baker picked up their medals while com

OLYMPIC hopeful Ben Swain and his 3m springboard synchro partner Nicholas Robinson-Baker collected bronze medals at the FINA Grand Prix in Madrid at the weekend.

Swain, a former Monk's Walk School pupil, and Robinson-Baker picked up their medals while competing against some of the world's best divers.

Swain, whose family still live in Welwyn, proved he and his partner are one of the top 3m springboard diving pairings in the world with their performance in Spain.

The British duo finished just a point behind the silver medallists from the Ukraine and only eight points behind the world champions from China, Yutong Lou and Chen Zhang.

In winning the gold medal, the Chinese pair finished with a final score of 415.56.

The British pairing performed consistently throughout the rounds to take high scores from their first three dives.

Their reverse 2 1/2 somersaults, 1 1/2 twists in the fifth round put them into second place above the Ukrainian pair.

But the Brits scored slightly lower in the final round.

This gave silver to the Ukrainians, Dmytro Lysenko and Anton Zakharov, who finished with a score of 408.21.

Robinson-Baker and Swain finished the competition with a final score of 407.01 to take the bronze, just eight points behind the Chinese champions.

After the event Swain said: "We got an amazing score at the nationals earlier this month and we knew we had to keep up with that.

"It was tougher than I thought to match the score at the nationals, but we found the crowd noise spurred us on and got our adrenaline pumping.

"We were very relaxed on pool-side and this kept our minds on track for what we needed to achieve and it was great to claim a medal here."

Robinson-Baker added: "We did exactly what we needed to do today.

"We got over 400, which is an important target for us in all international competitions."

Former Beaumont Academy diver Swain also performed well in the prelims of the men's 3m springboard, but failed to proceed to the semi-finals. Swain finished in 17th place with 345.10.

The British pair will be competing in the World Cup in Beijing, China, next month and hoping to continue their recent good form.

A good display there could cement a 2008 Olympic Games qualification place for Great Britain.

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