Swain misses place in springboard final
PUBLISHED: 15:44 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009
DIVER Ben Swain competed well in the men s 3m springboard individual event at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Swain, a former pupil at Monk s Walk School in WGC, finished in 26th place after the preliminary round on Monday. His overall score of 390.30 was u
DIVER Ben Swain competed well in the men's 3m springboard individual event at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Swain, a former pupil at Monk's Walk School in WGC, finished in 26th place after the preliminary round on Monday.
His overall score of 390.30 was unfortunately not enough for him to qualify for the finals.
Swain, whose family live in Welwyn, started the event with impressive scores on his first round dive, but then found it hard to keep up with the quality field.
The 22-year-old, who came seventh in the 3m synchro event at the Games with diving partner Nick Robinson-Baker, started the competition as the first diver.
He executed his opening two dives well to score 7s and 8s and found himself in 26th place.
The third round saw Swain drop his reverse 2 1/2 somersaults piked to lose marks and he fell further behind the lead pack of competitors.
He scored a total of 51.00 to drop down to 27th position.
The British champion had to pick himself up from the disappointment of the third round and he made up ground in the penultimate round.
Swain's reverse 2 1/2 someraults 1 1/2 twists gave him his highest score of 77.00 points.
The GB man, who now lives and trains in Sheffield, completed the competition with his forward 2 1/2 somersaults 2 twists and lost marks but moved to 26th position.
Swain, who finished in 30th place at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne, ended with a total of 390.30, which was 40 points more than in Australia.
Chinese top qualifier Chong He registered an excellent score of 515.50.