Doha 2024: Silver lining for Evangelia Platanioti

Credit to: Hiroyuki Nakamura/World Aquatics

Evangelia Platanioti added silver to her historic artistic swimming gold and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix claimed her third medal of the diving competition at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha.

Platanioti wrote her own line in the history books when she became the first athlete from Greece to win an artistic swimming world title with victory in the Women’s Solo Technical on Saturday.

On Tuesday, the 29-year-old added another medal to her collection when she finished second in the Women’s Solo Free with 253.28 behind winner Jacqueline Simoneau.

It was the fourth world medal of Platanioti’s career following double bronze at the 2023 World Championships in Fukuoka.

Spain won silver in the Mixed Team Technical with 275.89.

Spendolini-Sirieix came into the 10m synchro platform final having claimed gold in the Mixed Team event.

She followed that up with bronze in the 10m Platform where she became the first British woman to win an individual World Championship medal in an Olympic event.

The 19-year-old joined forces with Lois Toulson with the pair in fourth ahead of the final dive.

They pulled out a superb Back 2 1/2 Somersaults 1 1/2 Twists Pike, scoring straight eights for synchronisation to earn 74.88pts – their highest-scoring dive – and clinch bronze with 299.34pts.

It was their second straight World Championship medal in the event following silver in Fukuoka last year.

Toulson said: “We know we can put all of our dives down. We haven’t done our best performance today, but after three long days of competing, we are still really proud of it.”

Spendolini-Sirieix added: “We have learned that we are definitely strong enough, it’s more than possible. We gave our all – and I really enjoyed this competition!”

In the women’s water polo, world and European silver medallists Spain beat Greece 16-8 with Beatriz Ortiz and Maica Garcia scoring four and three respectively.

Eleftheria Plevritou, Eirini Ninou and Eleni Xenaki scored two each for Greece.

Defending champions Netherlands beat Kazakhstan 27-4 and Hungary eased past Singapore by 39-2.