Monique ‘Gladd’ to be back

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SHEFFIELD’S international diver Monique Gladding made a courageous return to competition diving at the British Gas National Diving Championships in Leeds five months after a serious head injury in a world cup outing in Russia.

Gladding impressed with her steady performance and took fifth place with a score of 295.50.

On Twitter, Gladding wrote: “Remembering what my aims were for today & hold my head up high! Drive forward and never stop learning...First step done.”

City of Sheffield’s Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears booked their place at next month’s World Championships with wins in the three-metre synchro. The duo defended the title they won in Sheffield last year with a score of 398.22.

World champion Tom Daley had to be content with second place on his return to 10-metre platform competition for the first time since the death of his father.

Daley was easily beaten by Peter Waterfield, who impressively defended his National crown with a comfortable buffer of 59.45 points. Daley had led at the halfway stage but after missing his fourth and fifth dives was only able to edge out Max Brick for second place by 0.9 points.