Sheffield diving: James leaves best to last

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James Denny won 3 metre springboard gold with his final dive on the second day of the British Gas Diving Championships in Sheffield, while teenager Victoria Vincent won her first senior title.

Denny scored 91.20 with his final dive to finish ahead of Oliver Dingley with a total score of 434.45.

Dingley finished in silver medal position with 423.10 while Sam Thornton won bronze with 381.40.

Vincent, 13, took the lead in the penultimate round of the women’s 10m springboard final, with a piked front three-and-a-half somersault dive to finish enough to claim gold.

“It is a really great feeling to win the gold here today,” Vincent said.

“I’m a junior diver so you don’t expect to win at a senior competition. I had no expectations going into today. I was just hoping to get into the final but coming first is just the icing on the cake really.”

Georgia Ward scored 300.60 for the silver medal and Shanice Lobb won the bronze with a total of 294.40.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Gallantree and Hannah Starling won the gold medal in the women’s 3m synchro with a score of 303.75 points. Millie Hafferty and Millie Fowler finished second with a total of 262.80.

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Freddie Woodward won two gold medals in front of his home crowd on the first day of the British Gas Diving Championships in Sheffield.

The 18-year-old City of Sheffield Diving Club ace was crowned British champion in the 1metre Springboard and 3m Synchro event alongside Nick Robinson-Baker.

Woodward finished the individual event with 384.60 points which surpassed his previous highest mark by more than 40 points.

“It’s amazing to be British Champion,” he said. “I think that is one of my standout performances. I’ve always had better results in 3m and 3m Synchro so to dive like that on 1m is such a good performance.

“I knew that I am training great and feeling really strong. I’m in the form of my life so I knew if I just went in and did my dives then anything could happen.”

Four-time British Champion Oliver Dingley finished in silver medal position in the 1m Springboard with a score of 365.80 while bronze went to Sam Thornton with 348.15 points.

The 3m Synchro success with a score of 405.63 gave Robinson-Baker his seventh British title and Woodward his first in the event.

“This was our third competition together,” Robinson-Baker said.

“It was a great result on home turf. Freddie brings a lot of youth to the partnership and I bring a lot of experience. 405 is a great score and hopefully we can replicate this later in the season.”

Dingley and James Denny won silver with 386.19 points and bronze went to Thornton and James Heatly with a total score of 358.74.

Plymouth Rhea Gayle secured her first gold of the championships with victory in the 1m Springboard after she posted 273.15 - her highest ever score.

Silver went to Hannah Starling (262.95) and Gayle’s club-mate Francesca Del Celo (256.05) won bronze.

Gayle, who won the British title in the same event in 2011, looked strong throughout both the prelims and final.

Shanice Lobb and Robyn Birch won gold in the women’s 10m Synchro with a total score of 270.78 ahead of Rebecca Gallantree and Lois Toulson.