11 Aug 2018

Russia and Great Britain resume tussle for medal honours on final day of diving

Russia and Great Britian have final battle in diving on Sunday.

Russian and British divers will continue their battle for dominance in the Royal Commonwealth Pool on the seventh and last day of competition on Sunday when they compete in the men's 10m platform and the women's 3m synchronised springboard.

Both have grabbed four golds but Great Britain tops the table with five silver and a bronze; Russia has three silver and two bronze. Aleksandr Bondar (RUS) wants to add the 10m individual gold to his 10m synchronised title, but competition should be tough, with several top-class divers in action.

Defending champion Benjamin Auffret (FRA) is back on the platform. The Frenchman, Nikita Shleikher (RUS), Maksym Dolgov (UKR) and Timo Barthel (GER) ranked in the top six in the diving world series. Youngster Matthew Dixon (GBR), 18, took the silver medal in the 10m synchronised platform behind Bondar and also has a shot at the podium.

Scotland's Grace Reid (GBR) has a chance for a third medal in the pool where she started her career. She will contest the 3m synchronised event with partner Katherine Torrance (GBR). Reid has a gold from the 3m springboard and a silver from the mixed synchronised.

Defending champions Nadezhda Bazhina and Kristina Ilinykh of Russia will not make it easy for the home team. Bazhina already has a silver from the 1m springboard, but came fifth in the 3m springboard.

Other contenders are 10m platform champion Celine Maria Van Duijn (NED), Inge Jansen (NED) and Tina Punzel and Lena Hentschel (GER). Punzel took gold in the mixed 3m synchronised and bronze in the 3m individual. In form, Italy's Elena Bertocchi/Chiara Pellacani could be a threat as well, but Bertocchi is struggling with injury.