Monique Gladding misses out on Montreal World Cup final

Semi-final: Monique Gladding
Semi-final: Monique Gladding
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SHEFFIELD diver Monique Gladding missed out on a place in the final at the latest diving World Cup event in Montreal, Canada.

The 30-year-old, who is hoping to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games team, competed in the 10 metre platform event but despite a strong performance in the preliminary dives couldn’t make it out of the semi-final stage. Gladding, who is originally from Durban in South Africa, won a bronze medal at the European Championships in 2010 with synchro partner Megan Sylvester.

However, it’s likely she’ll focus on the individual event as London 2012 draws closer.

Gladding was comfortable in her qualification from the preliminary stages in seventh position while fellow Team GB diver Stacie Powell came through in 10th.

In the semi-finals though Gladding was in the tougher ‘B’ group and was well adrift of the top three spot she required to make the final.

Powell squeezed through to the last stage of the compeition where she performed well before finishing in sixth place overall.

Gladding will have the benefit of home comforts when the best British divers have their final chance to impress the Olympic selectors at this year’s British Gas Diving Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield from June 8-10.

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