Sage just misses podium spot

PUBLISHED: 15:07 01 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009

HERTS Olympic hopeful Hayley Sage finished just outside the medals in the World Series event in Sheffield. Hertford girl Sage and women s 3m synchro partner Tandi Gerrard just failed to get on the podium at the Ponds Forge complex. The event was dominated by the

HERTS Olympic hopeful Hayley Sage finished just outside the medals in the World Series event in Sheffield.

Hertford girl Sage and women's 3m synchro partner Tandi Gerrard just failed to get on the podium at the Ponds Forge complex.

The event was dominated by the flawless performances of the reigning Olympic champions, Chinese pair Minxia Wu and Jing Jing Guo.

The Russian pair of Yuliya Pakhalina and Anastasia Pozdnyakova fought hard to remain in contention for gold with equally consistent performances but the Chinese were too strong.

The fight for the bronze medal was closely contested between Great Britian's Sage, who started her diving career at the Beaumont Academy in Hatfield, and Gerrard and the American duo of Ariel Rittenhouse and Kelci Bryant.

At the halfway stage it was looking like the British pair were making an impression as the Americans lost synchronisation marks on their inward two-and-a-half somersault.

But the Americans finished with some fine dives of greater difficulty to maintain their lead over Sage and Gerrard and the bronze medal position.

Sage and Gerrard qualified Great Britain for the Olympics in the event in Beijing earlier in the year.

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