8 August 12:35 (BST)

DV: VAN DUIJN (NED) - 'I'm older, but I'm still young to diving'

EDINBURGH - Comments from diver Celine VAN DUIJN (NED) after finishing first in the preliminaries of the women's 10m platform at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh on Wednesday.


On finishing first in the preliminary:

"It's always a good feeling if you make it to the final but, for me, I see it as this is the first competition and the most important one is still to come [VAN DUIJN is also scheduled to compete in the 1m springboard on Friday and the synchronised 3m springboard on Sunday]."

On the degree of difficulty in her dives:

"I used the same list in the preliminary as I will use for the final. The whole season I'm using this list.

"It's what I have practised. I like to do those dives and I feel comfortable with them, so that's why I'm doing it."

On the pressure competing in an individual event compared to synchronised:

"It's always more pressure because you're alone. When you're together you can share the feelings and the pressures together and now you have to do it by yourself."

On competing, at the age of 25, against younger divers and transitioning from gymnastics:

"It's different for me because I started diving when I was 18 years old, so actually I'm older but I'm still young to diving, too.

"Most divers start when they are six years old, but I was a gymnast before. The strength, the balance and flexibility is the same [in gymnastics] but the technique is totally different.

"For me [transitioning from gymnast to diving] was not that hard. I guess I was lucky and I had a good feeling for it.

"I had a lot of injuries in gymnastics so I had to stop - in diving you can get fewer injuries."

On her preparation for the final on Wednesday afternoon (start time: 14:40 BST):

"I want to improve on all my dives in the final. I know I can do better. I'm ready to fight."

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