August 07, 2018
Ireland’s Oliver Dingley saved his best dive to last as the Rio 2016 Olympian progressed to the 1M Springboard Final at the European Diving Championships in Edinburgh.
Dingley and Jack Ffrench were Ireland’s first divers to compete as the championships got underway in Edinburgh today. Dingley was always in contention for the final but in 14th place after round five, the 24-year-old needed a big dive to get into the top 12 and he produced his best of the day; with a forward 2½ somersaults with 1 twist pike, Dingley scored 65.60 points to total 332.70 and progress to this afternoon’s 2.40pm Final in 11th place.
Dingley’s National Centre Dublin and Shamrock Diving team-mate Ffrench scored 224.90 points in the 1M Springboard to place 26th overall.
Back in Glasgow, Darragh Greene made it three from three for semi-finals with the 23-year-old progressing in the 50m Breaststroke in 27.66. The National Centre Dublin swimmer narrowly missed the 100m Breaststroke Final on Friday after a swim-off and placed 13th overall in the 200m Breaststroke. He’ll be back in the pool, ranked 13th, at 5.18pm
Also, in action this morning in the 50m Breaststroke, Alex Murphy clocked 28.09 while in the 200m Individual Medley, Niamh Kilgallen touched in 2:21.97. Kilgallen’s summer preparations also involved completing her Leaving Certificate in preparation for a full time move to the National Centre Dublin in September and she was making her senior international debut today. Originally selected for the 400m Mixed Medley Relay only, Kilgallen’s preparations were diverted to the 200m IM once it had been decided that this relay would not compete in Glasgow.