Greene Matches Best Time in Breaststroke Semi Final

August 07, 2018

Ireland’s Oliver Dingley put on a superb display in Edinburgh today as the Rio 2016 Olympian came agonisingly close to his and Ireland’s first international diving medal. 

A gutsy last dive from Dingley this morning saw him secure a place in the 1M Final (non-Olympic event) progressing in 11th place overall. This afternoon’s performance though, was much improved with the Rio 2016 Olympian scoring 385.65, over 50 points more than this morning’s preliminary score of 332.70. The 25-year-old was in contention throughout, eventually missing out on the medal by just 6 points to Great Britain’s James Heatly who took Bronze (391.70).

A gutted Dingley was taking the positives from today’s performance when he spoke afterwards ‘Yeah I’m pleased but it’s also hard to swallow as well, I think it’s probably one of the hardest results in my diving career, I’m gutted, but so many positives to take. It’s been a really positive day but hard to swallow’

The 3M, the Olympic event and Dingley’s main event, takes place on Thursday, Dingley has had a great year in it so far finishing 7th at the FINA World Cup in June and securing a place on the exclusive 2019 FINA Diving World Series (3M), reserved for the top 8 divers in the world.

Looking ahead to the event Dingley said, ‘There’s going to be some fantastic divers in there, Europe has the most depth in 3M Diving so its going to be fun to get out there, get my Irish tracksuit on again, for hopefully another parade in the final and you never know what can happen in the finals, it’s just one dive at a time.’

Great Britain’s Jack Laugher won the gold medal in today’s 1M Final with 414.60, Italy’s Giovanni Tocci completed the podium with 410.10 points.

Back in Glasgow, Darragh Greene, competing in his third semi-final this week, matched his personal best time of 27.44 to finish 6th in the first semi-final of the 50m Breaststroke and move up to twelfth overall. The National Centre Dublin swimmer, who was the first Irishman to break a minute in the 100m Breaststroke on Friday, had swum the 100m and 200m Breaststroke semi-finals earlier this week.

It’s another busy day for team Ireland in the pool tomorrow with the last individual swims of the meet taking place Mona McSharry swims in the 50m Breaststroke, Calum Bain and Robbie Powell in the 50m Freestyle and Brendan Hyland in the 100m Butterfly.

In the diving pool, 16-year-old Tanya Watson, who qualified a place for Ireland for the first time at the World Youth Olympic Games last week, will get her first taste of senior international diving when she goes into the preliminaries of the Platform (10M) event.

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