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Swimming - 23. February 2012.

Couch and Barrow secure first British medal in the London Aquatics Centre

Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow became Great Britain's first female World Cup medallists in history as they took 10m Synchro bronze on day three of the 18th FINA Visa Diving World Cup at London Aquatics Centre.

The duo qualified second from the afternoon preliminary and impressed again in the final, scoring 314.40 to become the British Gas GBR Diving Team's first medallists of the meet.

Couch and Barrow had come close to becoming Great Britain's first female World Championship medallists as they finished fourth in the same event in Shanghai last year.

But there was no heartache on their first visit to the venue for London 2012 as they dazzled in front of a home crowd, scoring 83.52 for their final dive - the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists piked.

And Barrow admitted: "We've just been told that we are the first women from Great Britain to win a medal on a world stage and to hear that is great. We're so excited to have won a medal in front of the home crowd. The noise they made was amazing and really lifted us.

"I think we had a chance for a medal after the prelim. Tonia said to me after the fourth dive come on let's do this. We both know that we can do that dive well and look what happened.

"Our required dives are normally the best part of our list and they didn't go exactly to plan tonight but we were still three points off our personal best so we know we still have room to improve further."

Gold went to China's Chen Roulin and Hao Wang with a score of 359.58 and silver was claimed by Roseline Filion and Meghan Benfeito (Canada) with  331.65.
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