DIVING: Frustrated Gladding laments ‘stupid’ mistake

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CITY of Sheffield star Monique Gladding was left ruing a “stupid” error that cost her a medal at the European Diving Championships in Eindhoven.

Gladding admitted she had “thrown a medal away” in the 10metre platform after she completely missed her penultimate back two-and-a-half somersault - one of the easier dives in her list last night.

Gladding had been safely perched inside the top three until the error sent her hurtling out of contention.

The 30-year-old recovered enough to finish fifth, but was left deflated after her preliminary score yesterday morning, 320.85, would have been enough for silver in an error-strewn final.

“I’m gutted. That was really stupid. I’ve thrown away a medal today,” she said.

“It’s just a stupid mistake. I was super pumped. I just didn’t fully commit to my come-out. That split second is crucial. I wasn’t quite 100% positive at the end and that’s what you get - that’s what diving is all about.

“It’s just very frustrating when one mistake costs you a medal; and who knows what colour medal.”

Despite her frustration Gladding found reason to be positive, following another impressive display since her remarkable recovery from near death at a meet in Russia 15 months ago.

Gladding had to be rescued from the pool after hitting her head on the platform and plummeting unconscious into the water. Team-mate Nick Robinson-Baker pulled her to safety with Gladding since revealing another 10 seconds underwater could have killed her.

Since returning to diving’s highest board, Gladding in career-best form, reaching the World Cup final in February, before narrowly missing a first individual European medal.