HE’S been counting the days until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, but Sheffield-based Nick Robinson-Baker took a big leap forward in his hopes of representing Great Britain in London yesterday.
Robinson-Baker and men’s 3m partner Chris Mears are almost certain to be named in the squad on Monday after winning their third consecutive British men’s title at Ponds Forge.
The pair signed off for their Olympics with a score of 428.34 - just below the personal best they set when taking silver behind the all-conquering Chinese in Mexico two months ago.
“We’re 95 per cent sure that we are going to be going (to the Olympics) judging by that performance,” Robinson-Baker said.
“We went for it today and had a cracker. We’d like to think that will secure our place on the Olympic team. We’ll be all ears on Monday morning.
“The name of the game in diving is consistency and Chris and I have shown that for the past three years.
“We are looking stronger and fitter, everything looks sharper in the water.
“As you well know in a few weeks it’s the Olympic final and hopefully we’ll be there and smash it.”
European champions Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow all but sealed their place with a personal best. The 10 metre platform synchro pairing continued their impressive year so far with a score of 327.18 .
In the women’s 3m synchro Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Bragg won the British title.
And, as expected, Olympic Games poster boy Tom Daley and 10m synchro partner Pete Waterfield proved too classy for the domestic field as they limbered up for indivdual action tomorrow by taking first place with ease.
Sheffield-based Monique Gladding is in action today in the women’s 10m platform event.