British diving duo secure gold medal

TONIA Couch and Sarah Barrow secured the women’s European platform synchro title in Eindhoven, Holland, last night.

The duo ended Great Britain’s 74-year wait for a female European Championship gold medal with a lifetime-best 319.56, to continue their recent record-breaking run which has seen them shoot into Olympic medal contention.

Couch and Barrow finished fourth at last year’s World Championships, before winning bronze at February’s World Cup - the first ever British women’s medal at a worldwide meet.

“We’ve done a few records now,” Couch said.

“It is really exciting. Our aim was to win the gold and we dived really well.

“It was our personal best, which makes it even better, but even then we think we can go better.

“Today wasn’t the best we can do and we scored our highest score.”

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The duo will now head to next month’s trials in Sheffield full of confidence and only a disaster will see them not qualify.

“We hope to be in London, we’ve been doing well, but we’ve got trials in two weeks’ time so it is not long to wait now,” Barrow said.

“We just have to keep working hard.”

British rising star Jack Laugher, 17, finished in sixth in a world-class men’s 3m springboard final, producing a personal best 475.75.

European debutant Rhea Gayle will also take to the springboards today in the women’s 1m.

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