British teenager Hannah Starling underlined her potential by securing her best ever finish in the 3m Springboard on the second day of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series 2013 in Edinburgh.
The 17-year old World Junior bronze medallist took seven points off her highest ever score to qualify for the final then extended her tally to 338.20 to finish fourth in the final, an agonising two points shy of bronze.
Having finished seventh and fifth in the first two legs of the 2013 World Series in Beijing and Dubai respectively, Starling was delighted to continue her improvement in front of a home crowd, securing the top finish for a Brit in the Women’s 3m Springboard in World Series history.
“I am so happy – I can’t quite express how much,” said Starling, who reached the London 2012 semi-final on her Olympic debut last season.
“I just went out to enjoy it tonight, I had my teammates cheering me on in the audience, it’s really nice having the crowd and everyone cheer me on.”
“To come here and get a massive PB has given me more confidence for the rest of the season.
“This season I would love to get on the World Championship team for Barcelona – if I make it there, I’m just going to go and enjoy it. When I go out to enjoy my competitions, I seem to get on alright.”
China’s Olympic silver medallist He Zi continued her golden streak in this season’s World Series by taking gold on 375.90 ahead of Chinese teammate Shi Tingmao on 374.25.
Ukraine’s Olena Federova edged Starling out of the podium positions, taking bronze with 340.30.
After winning his first international medal of the season with 3m Synchro bronze on day one in Edinburgh, Olympic finalist Chris Mears was back in action in the men’s 3m Springboard final.
The 20-year old had impressed with a World Series personal best 435.85 to qualify for the final and while he dropped two dives in the final to slip out of contention, he insisted he would take positives away from the meet.
“I have got mixed feelings right now,” said Mears. “I made it quite tough for myself tonight because my first dive which is usually a banker for me got 5’s because I dropped it over.
“After that I managed to get back up there score some 8’s and 8.5’s and had a nightmare on the last dive I guess it wasn’t my day, simple as that.
“Obviously I got a medal yesterday and I was really pleased with my prelim. I wanted to improve again in the final and it didn’t happen and that’s something I can go back and work on.”
Ukraine’s Illya Kvasha defeated China’s top divers for the second World Series in succession to win gold on 516.45 ahead of Olympic bronze medallist He Chong (504.55) and Germany’s Patrick Hausding (476.10).