British diver REID favourite for springboard gold in front of home city crowd
EDINBURGH - Britain's Grace REID hopes to enjoy a special Saturday night of success in the city where she grew up and learned to dive.
REID, who has already claimed a silver medal in the mixed synchronised 3m springboard at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, goes into the individual 3m event as the favourite and the highest-ranked European in this year’s World Series.
The 22-year-old Scot, who is now based at the Aquatics Centre in London, said the mixed silver medal had given her momentum for a busy weekend when she will be competing also in Sunday’s women’s 3m synchronised event.
The individual 3m is being staged in the early evening - later than any of the other events at the championships - and an enthusiastic Edinburgh crowd is expected to pack the 'Commie Pool' to cheer on REID, as they did in the mixed synchro.
The Scot will need to produce consistent diving to win. German Tina PUNZEL, who with Lou MASSENBERG (GER) beat REID to the mixed 3m synchro gold, just missed out on a medal in Friday's 1m springboard final, finishing fourth, but is expected to be strong in the 3m.
Ukraine's Anna PYSMENSKA, the 2017 European champion, is also in the field, as is Italian Elena BERTOCCHI, who took bronze in the 1m event.
Many of the diving events have involved fascinating Russia-British tussles and the mixed 10m synchro has the potential for another. Iuliia TIMOSHININA and Nikita SHLEIKHER, second in the World Series, take on Britain’s Matthew (Matty) LEE and Lois TOULSON, who is already a gold medallist, in the women's 10m synchro.
LEE and TOULSON took silver at the 2017 world championships and also clinched the European title in the same year. Italy’s Noemi BATKI, silver medallist in the individual 10m platform, and Maicol VERZOTTO, are also likely to figure prominently.
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