Chloe keeps her best until the end to win a European bronze medal in Bucharest
Chloe Johnson kept her best to the finish to win the bronze medal for Great Britain on day three of the LEN European Junior Diving Championships.
She produced her most striking dive of the Girls A Platform competition to seal third place and secure Britain’s fifth medal of the event in Bucharest, Romania.
Johnson had qualified for the final in sixth place and found herself in ninth place after the opening round of the four-dive contest.
She scored consistently over the next two dives and was sixth going into the final round.
Her two and a half inside somersaults in pike earned her an impressive 58.80 to see her climb onto the podium with a final score of 348.15.
Johnson’s teammate Hannah Newbrook finished third after the preliminaries but finished eighth overall.
She opened with an identical score to Johnson of 58.80 for her two-and-a-half inside pike somersaults.
However, she had dropped to 11th place after the third dive after scores of 31.90 and 36.40 in rounds two and three respectively.
Newbrook recovered to score 56.00 on his final dive, two and a half back somersaults, one and a half spins, to finish with 315.60.
Agony for Baker
Leon Baker finished agonizingly outside of the medals in the boys’ A 1m springboard final after being snatched away from the podium with the final dive of the event.
Baker was in third place with only Irishman Jake Passmore to dive into the competition in five rounds.
Passmore demanded 44.10 to revise Baker’s score of 444.65 and he scored 54.40 to take third place with a total of 455.00.
Baker finished fourth after his first dive – two and a half somersaults inward tucked – which earned him a total of 68.20, his best individual score of the final.
He dropped to fifth before his final somersaults before two and a half, a twist in the pike scored 62.40 points to give him a medal chance.
However, Passmore did enough to deny him a podium spot and what would have been Baker’s second championships medal after a silver medal in the jumping event on the opening day of competition.
Baker’s British teammate Danny Mabbott recovered from a disappointing start to finish in seventh place.
Mabbott was in last place after the first two rounds, but then made his highest dive of the competition in round three to climb the standings.
He scored a total of 66.65 for his two and a half inside somersaults that propelled him into seventh place – and he held onto that position after the final two laps with a final total of 416.60.