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2017 Diving European Diving Championship LEN Events News

KIEV 2017, 3m springboard – Men flash quotes

Ilya Zakharov, Russia, Gold, 535,10 points:

“As I expected, it was a great battle with the famous Ukraine divers today. It was a tough competition. My dives have been strong and difficult, although I made a few mistakes today. If you don’t get ten points it’s a question whether you have made a mistake. My last year was pretty tough. I took a break after the Olympic Games but my coach, my family and friends believed in me. The European Championships have a big value, the support of the fans is great. At the World Championships in Budapest I would like to fight for gold.”

Illya Kvasha, Ukraine, Silver, 484.30 points:

“I had muscle problems and was treated by my doctor against the cramps. Tomorrow I’ll take part in the 3m synchro competition and hope for another medal. I am happy about Oleg Kolodyi’s third place. He dives very well when he is not nervous. It is unbelievable that Patrick Hausding did not qualify for the final.”

Oleg Kolodyi, Ukraine, Bronze, 470.30 points:

“I was not expecting this third place, but now I’m very happy, especially as this is my first medal in the 3m springboard. My performance today was good, everything worked out. My father supported me here today, that helped a lot. In 1m springboard I had only finished fourth, after that I was really angry, but that helped me today.”