Sage and synchro partner Gerrard eighth in Olympic final

PUBLISHED: 13:13 10 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 26 October 2009

WGC-born diver Hayley Sage finished eighth in her first Olympics in Beijing. Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Sage and partner Tandi Gerrard struggled to make an impression in the women s 3 metre synchronised springboard final at the Water Cube. The GB

WGC-born diver Hayley Sage finished eighth in her first Olympics in Beijing.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Sage and partner Tandi Gerrard struggled to make an impression in the women's 3 metre synchronised springboard final at the Water Cube.

The GB pairing - who ranked eighth coming into the final - knew that they would have to produce something very special in order to make an impact on the lead nations.

But Sage and Gerrard were still frustrated by their performance of 278.25 points.

Gerrard summed up their feelings perfectly: "I'm disappointed with our third round dive.

"It wasn't a perfect performance for us.

"We were ranked eighth coming in, so we had nothing to lose but I would have liked to improve on that."

Despite missing out on medal, 22-year-old Hertford diver Sage soaked up the Beijing atmosphere and the competition has whetted her appetite for London 2012.

Sage said: "It was so exciting to be a part of that final.

"I just gave it my all and enjoyed every moment.

"We worked so hard together to get here, but suffered from a slight error on our reverse, two-and-a-half, which saw us lose points."

Sage, who started out on the road to Beijing at the Beaumont Diving Academy in Hatfield as a teenager, enjoyed her Olympic experience in the Water Cube.

"The atmosphere was unbelievable and I tried to use that energy," said Sage, who is coached by Chinese-born Chen Wen in Sheffield.

The gold medals were won by Chinese duo Jingjing Guo and Minxia Wu with 343.50 points.


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