The third day of competition marks the midway point for the 19th FINA World Junior Diving Championships. Two more events were held at the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre, with China extending their dominance over the competition.
Another Chinese victory was expected for the Girls A 3 metre, until early leader Zheng Qulin missed her final dive – a forward two and a half somersault with one twist – and had to settle for second place.
Gracia Laydon Mahoney scored the United States Of America’s first medal of the event in style, jumping from eight place in the preliminary round to a Gold Medal. The boisterous American crowd roared support after each round and was particularly ecstatic for her final dive, a spectacular reverse one and a half somersaults with two and a half twists.
British diver and London Olympian rounded out the medals with consistently impressive scores. With a high degree of difficulty in all her finals dives, she outscored her competitors who were hot on her heels to take third. Starling narrowly missed the finals of the individual 3 metre event at the London Olympics by one point. At an interview just after today’s medal ceremony, Starling said that “It was a great feeling to be on the other side of that 1 point this time”.
At moments it feels like the World Juniors is rushing by at a record pace, but three days of exciting competition still remain. Thursday is another huge day, with three Gold Medals up for grabs.
Queenslanders Lara Tarvit and Emily Boyd will compete alongside a massive 18 other duos in the hotly contested Girls A/B 3 metre Synchro, while Colombia’s Alejandro Arias is hoping to further shine in the Boys B Platform.