Team GB pair Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow finish fifth in synchro final
Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow failed to end Great Britain’s half-century wait for a female Olympic diving medallist after a disappointing performance in the platform synchro this afternoon.
The Plymouth-born duo, who have known each other since childhood, had entered the competition with hopes of a medal after they were crowned European champions in May.
They began strongly to be second after the opening two compulsory dives but then immediately missed their next inward three-and-a-half somersault to drop down to sixth.
It left them with too much ground to make up as they had to be content with fifth place – short of their realistic podium aim after they won bronze in the same company at the World Cup in this same pool in February.
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Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao were comfortable winners, to claim China’s third gold medal in as many events at the diving pool so far, ahead of Mexico and Canada.