City of Leeds Lee and Toulson strike silver

17th July 2017
Over the weekend, City of Leeds Divers Matty Lee and Lois Toulson won the British Diving Team’s first medal of the FINA World Championships after they took silver in the Mixed 10m Synchro event. The pair moved up from sixth place with some consistent dives and really showed their skill in the fourth round with a score of 76.80 for their Inward 3 ½ Somersaults tucked. Matty and Lois concluded the competition with 79.68 points on their Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists piked and finished with a total of 323.28 points.

“We feel really good right now,” Matty said. “China are so strong and it’s tough to beat them but we knew we just had to keep calm and focus on ourselves. It feels so great to win that silver medal”. “It was amazing to win that silver in this competition,” Lois said. “We’re a really good partnership, we both train in the same place and we’re really good friends which really helps.” Gold went to China’s Qian Ren and Junjie Lian with a score of 352.98 and bronze was won by Rae Kim Mi and Myong Hyon II (North Korea) with a score of 318.12.

City of Leeds Jack Laugher and Chris Mears just missed out on a medal after finishing in fourth place in the 3m Synchro. The pair were within touching distance of a medal but dropped marks on their final two dives which meant they finished with a score of 418.20.  Their team mate Katherine Torrance finished in ninth place overall in the women’s 1m Springboard with a total score of 275.90.

On the third day of action at the FINA World Championships, Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson finished the 10m Synchro final in seventh place. They improved their performance from the preliminaries and scored a total of 300.48 points. Their final dive was their best scoring as they secured 72.96 points for their Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists piked.

After the competition Tonia said: “This is my seventh World Championships and I’ve done synchro with Stacey Powell, Sarah Barrow and now little Lois. She’s been absolutely amazing and I love her to bits, I love diving with her. I felt we dived pretty well, I think the scoring was hard for everyone which makes it fair. I felt like we’ve come away from the final a lot happier than we did this morning.” “We’ve definitely improved on this morning but we are happy with the performance overall,” Lois said adding, “I’ve learnt a lot from both competing with Matty last night and winning silver and then obviously with Tonia this evening and looking forward to moving on to the individual 10m later this week.”

For full results from the FINA World Championships click here.