Diving: Blagg scoops landmark European medal

Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg
Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg

Wakefield diving star Alicia Blagg has claimed Great Britain’s first springboard European Championships medal in more than 50 years.

The 16 year-old competed in individual and synchronised events at the championships in Rostock, Germany, last weekend and it was in the 3m springboard synchronised final that she claimed a bronze medal.

In partnership with Rebecca Gallantree, Blagg posted excellent marks from the required rounds and went into the final rounds in a strong position.

Their highest scoring dive, a front two-and-a-half somersaults, one twist piked, came in the third round and boosted their score to a total of 292.17.

Sunday’s medal was a superb way to end the weekend and a delighted Blagg said: “I am happy overall with my performances this week. Our [synchronised] preliminaries performance was really good.

“I am a little disappointed with a couple of my individual dives but I know I have so much more in me.”

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