While eight athletes - including Spendolini-Sirieix - are already selected for Team GB's Olympic diving team heading to Paris in the summer as part of the recent synchronised pair nominations, two Olympic places in each of the individual events are still up for grabs, with automatic nomination available if a diver wins the event and surpasses pre-set points tallies in both the prelims and final.


Friday Night | Laugher and Spendolini-Sirieix light up the opening day’s action at the Aquatics GB Diving Championships

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Jack Laugher and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix claimed brilliant British titles on the first night of finals at the Speedo Aquatics GB Diving Championships - with Spendolini-Sirieix securing an individual Olympic place and Laugher putting himself in selection contention to target a third successive individual springboard medal at the Games.

Indeed, the three-time Olympic medallist was at his consummate best to triumph in an enthralling Men's 3m Springboard final, bursting past the 500-point mark to claim the British gold ahead of a stellar cast behind him.

A superb third-round Inward 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (407C) scored 8.5s from the judges to earn him 86.70 and leave Jack sat top at halfway, and he did not let that advantage slip, getting over a slight drop on his hardest, 3.9 degree-of-difficulty fourth-round dive to close out in style across round five and six.

Closing with 90 points for his Back 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (207C), Laugher's overall score of 507.20 meant he ultimately finished more than 30 points clear at the summit of a brilliant tussle - and put himself in strong contention to compete in the individual event that brought him Olympic medals in both Rio and Tokyo, having already been selected for the synchro event with Anthony Harding.

Behind Jack, Jordan Houlden secured the British silver medal, thanks in part to a stunningly clutch Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (109C) in the final round. The tally of 96.90 points from the judges was the highest across the whole competition, and saw him finish on 476.20, leapfrogging Dan Goodfellow into second at the very last.

Rio 2016 medallist Goodfellow had been pushing Laugher for top spot after four superb opening dives, including 86.70 points for his Inward 3 1/2 Somersaults (407C) in the fourth round. Ultimately, he would finish with bronze, just behind Houlden on 471.60. 

"It was a huge final. I'm so glad to be a part of it, and it shows how strong British diving is right now - we've got four or five lads out there who are going toe-to-toe, and you make one little mistake and you're out of it completely,” Laugher said. “It was a really competitive final, a lot of big dives, a lot of big scores, and just a really good experience to be a part of.”

Laugher lauded the crowd. "It was really enjoyable. This afternoon, the crowd was really good, the team support was fantastic, and I just felt excited and happy throughout that entire thing,” the 29-year-old said. “When you feel that bit of a spark from the crowd, it can really perk you up to do some special things, and I think that's what's happened here today."

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That noise continued into a brilliant Women's 10m Platform finale that saw Spendolini-Sirieix rubber-stamp her Olympic place for the individual event in Paris with another assured, top-class display. 

Like Jack, Andrea's Team GB spot was already secured as part of the synchro pairing with Lois Toulson - but this individual display ensured it will be a busy Games for the 19-year-old across both events.

The silver medal went to Toulson, who delivered in the closing rounds. This included a 72-point haul for her fourth-round Inward 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (407C) was followed by an identical point score for her final-round Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists Pike (5253B) to close with 335.90 points. Eden Chang’s 327.75 score earned her the bronze medal with 327.75, with her closing dive bringing her highest mark of 76.80.

Reflecting on her victory, Andrea said: "I'm so happy. It's been a long road to Paris but I'm so happy to have booked those tickets and I give glory to God and I just want to thank my family, my coach and the support of the National Lottery for helping us funded athletes, and just everyone who has supported me on my journey. I just want to enjoy the summer and I can't wait to get there.”

Saturday at the Championships: Harper secures individual Olympic springboard place 

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Yasmin Harper secured her place in the Olympic Women's 3m Springboard event for Paris 2024 after triumphing in a thrilling contest on day three of the Aquatics GB Diving Championships.

Already assured of her Olympic debut as part of the Women's 3m Synchro pairing with Scarlett Mew Jensen, World Aquatics Championship finalist Harper took control of the Saturday afternoon final with a storming opening Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 Twist Pike (5152B) worth 70.50. From there, Harper kept up the quality and composure to ensure she kept the high-quality challenge of silver medallist Grace Reid at bay. 

A stunning fourth-round Reverse 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (305B) worth 73.50 highlighted Harper’s to an overall score of 326.10, well above the finals points mark required for Olympic nomination. Paired with her British title success and her points tally in the prelims, it confirmed the City of Sheffield athlete's place in the individual 3m Springboard Olympic event come the summer. 

"This one is special as well [as the synchro selection]; it means so much to me. To be able to do it on the day and be there doing your dives, and after that knowing that I'll be able to compete it individually at an Olympic Games, is really special," Harper said.

Behind Harper, two-time Olympian Reid stayed steady and delivered some strong dives to claim British silver and put herself in selection contention to make a third consecutive Games.

A history-maker as the first individual female British diving medallist at a World Aquatics Championships back in February, Reid built back from the slightest of drops in round two to move clear of the rest of the pack and keep in touch with Harper, 66 points for her third-round Reverse 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (305B) the highlight, before a composed Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 Twist Pike (5152B) in the final round saw her close on 307.80 points. The bronze medal went to Amy Rollinson on 264.20, just ahead of fourth-placed Desharne Bent-Ashmeil on 259.95.

Speaking after the medal ceremony, Grace said: “I’m a little bit overwhelmed, it’s just been a massive journey. Three years ago I wanted nothing to do with the sport and I really battled and didn’t think I would be here three years later. It is testament to the village of people behind me that have helped pick me back up and stick me back together.” 

Sunday at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre: Williams wins out in platform finale to Aquatics GB Diving Championships

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Noah Williams triumphed in a tense Men's 10m Platform final to bring the curtain down on the 2024 Speedo Aquatics GB Diving Championships. 

After a stunning prelim display that brought a 500-plus points total, Noah could not quite recreate the same form to smash through that barrier in the final - but two sensational dives to close things out ensured he was crowned British champion and put himself in prime position to compete in that event at the Olympic Games this summer. Kyle Kothari claimed silver, and Robbie Lee took bronze.

World Aquatics Championship medallist Williams - already selected for Team GB as part of the synchro pairing nominations, alongside Tom Daley in the Men's 10m Synchro - started well, then recovered from a drop on his third-round Reverse 3 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (307C) to finish with 86.40 points for his Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 2 1/2 Twists Pike (5255B) in round five, and a sensational Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (109C) in round six that scored one of only two 10s across the weekend and tallied 99.90 points towards his overall score of 473.20.

"It means a lot. The competition didn't go too well, but sometimes that's how it is; everyone has off days. I think that's what today was, but managing to hold my nerve and come out on top, it means a lot to me," said Williams. "I sometimes like to enjoy watching and seeing what's going on, but after messing up my third dive, I decided I had to focus on myself, so after that, I pretty much ignored everyone else, and that seemed to work for me.”

Adding to a Sizzling Sunday | Men's 3m and Women's 3m Synchro finals

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The final day of competition at Sandwell began with the Men's 3m and Women's 3m Synchro finals, as Olympic-bound duo Jack Laugher and Anthony Harding continued their push towards their Games final in that event on 2nd August. 

The City of Leeds pair opened strongly on their required dives and were largely consistent from there on in, landing their Forward 2 1/2 Somersaults 2 Twists Pike (5154B) for a score of 80.58 third up and also producing a superb execution on their closing Forward 4 1/2 Somersaults Tuck (109C) for 86.64, helping them close on 421.11 points and take the British title again. 

Behind them, youngsters Hugo Thomas and Leon Baker teamed up and showed their promise for the future with some strong diving, including an impressive Forward 3 1/2 Somersaults Pike (107B) to finish up, scoring 71.60 to close out for silver on 336.96. 

In the Women's 3m Synchro, Dive London duo Desharne Bent-Ashmeil and Amy Rollinson won out over Tilly Brown and Maya Kutty. The Bent-Ashmeil and Rollinson duo scored 266.10 overall across their two required and three optional dives, the highest scoring of the latter coming in round three, as they earned 64.80 points from the judges for their Back 2 1/2 Somersaults Pike (205B).

Brown and Kutty took silver with 232.20 points, as Ellen Gillespie and Clara Kerr won bronze with 202.47. 

"It's great, I've got good memories of being here at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, and obviously it's just nice to back those memories up with some more positivity from this weekend," said Rollinson after their medal presentation.

"Considering how much we've trained, we train together once a week or so, it's been good to put those dives together on competition day, with the timing going well. There are individual things we know we need to improve on, but we've got time to work on those."

Added Bent-Ashmeil: "I think I made little silly mistakes in my individual, which I've been really working on in my training. My training has been going well, but obviously, competition and training aren't the same, so it's just about learning to get in my competition headspace.


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