Rzeszów 2024: Germany and Ukraine enjoy medal-laden day two at European Junior Diving Championships

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Germany and Ukraine enjoyed a glittering second day at the European Junior Diving Championships 2024 in Poland, as they claimed nine medals between them on a busy day for the continent’s top young divers.

Competition began at the Rzeszow Diving Arena with the Boys B 1m Springboard final, which saw the top-12 athletes competing for gold, after being cut from the 19 that contested the heats earlier in the day.

After taking gold in the Team Event on the first day, Germany continued producing the goods as the individual divers took to the boards, with Finn Awe leading the pack through both the preliminary and final sessions.

Awe rounded off his dives with a score of 62.40 on his Forward 1 ½ Somersaults 2 Twists Free (5134D) to finish on 403.00, 11 points ahead of Ukrainian Valerii Malieiev who took silver.

The pair were both comfortably ahead of Awe’s teammate, Louis Aaron Forster, who claimed bronze with a total score of 370.35.

Awe was visibly delighted following his victory and spoke of his feelings before he made that final dive to seal the result.

“It’s really amazing,” said the 15-year old. “I was nervous right up to the last dive, but I expected to make it. The competition has been great so far and the team has been very loud.”

Malieiev was similarly elated, saying: “I’m happy to have won my first silver medal at the European Junior Championships, this is my first medal at such a competition. I want to thank the whole team who were supporting me.”

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It was once again the turn of the German team to take gold, as Nina Berger came out on top of three-way battle for the Girls B 3m Springboard title, which saw first to third separated by just one point.

After qualifying in third from the prelims, Berger knew she had more to do in the final once the points from the required dives carried over.

It wasn’t until the second of her three dives where she made her move – scoring 58.80 on her Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults Tuck (305C) to put her just five points behind eventual silver medallist, Ukraine’s Karina Hlyzhina.

It was on the final round where the pecking order started to truly change, with Berger opting for the dive with the lower degree of difficulty to score 59.40 on her Inward 2 ½ Somersaults Tuck (405C).

With Hlyzhina scoring a respectable 54.00, they switched positions with the tightest of margins, as Berger finished on 353.85 to the Ukrainian’s 353.15.

The bronze medal was also decided on the final dive, as Germany’s Zoe Marie Schneider performed the highest-scoring dive of the event to leapfrog herself into third. Her own Inward 2 ½ Somersaults Tuck (405C) gave her a massive 64.80 points as she finished on a score of 352.55, just 1.30 points off the gold.

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Attention then turned to the synchro events, which both featured a high number of athletes vying for the medals.

The Boys A/B Synchro Platform was a two-team affair, as Ukraine and Italy went toe-to-toe over five rounds of dives – in the end being separated by just eight points.

The first two rounds of required dives went without a hitch for both pairs, before Italy struck first with a stunning Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists Pike (5253B) to take the lead after the third round, scoring 70.08 on that dive.

Despite scoring two more 70+ dives in the final two rounds, it was the Ukrainian pairing of Danylo Avanesov and Marko Barsukov who managed to get their hands on the gold, thanks to a score of 76.80 on their Inward 3 ½ Somersaults Tuck (407C), before a similar score of 75.84 gave them a winning total of 314.64.

Italy’s Raffaele Pelligra and Simone Conte did enough for silver on a score of 306.24, with Great Britain taking their second medal of the competition through Jorden Fisher-Eames and Robbie Wood, who finished on 276.60.

The final event of the night saw a dominant performance from Ukraine’s Alisa Mieshkova and Diana Shevchenko, who led right the way through the five rounds of dives on their way to gold.

Although not putting in any significantly higher-scoring dives than their competitors, they did still manage a general trend through the rounds with their highest score of 55.68 coming from their Forward 2 ½ Somersaults 1 Twist Pike (5152B) on the final round, giving them a total of 253.44.

Great Britain’s Libby Duke and Kate Gardener continued to add to the country’s tally with a respectable silver medal on 241.35, also by putting in three dives over 50 points.

Germany’s Jule Leonie Eisenberg and Charlotte Lederer did enough to ensure they were on the podium for all but one event on the night, thanks in the most part to a huge score of 57.12 in the third round for their Inward 2 ½ Somersaults Pike (405B), to round off the podium on 239.94.

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