Rzeszów 2024: Germany win Team Event on final dive

Credit to: European Aquatics

Germany overhauled Ukraine on their final dive to win gold in the Team Event on the opening day of the European Junior Diving Championships 2024 in Rzeszów, Poland.

Ten teams took to the boards with Giorgia de Sanctis performing the opening dive of the competition.

She was awarded 60 points for her Forward 2 ½ Somersaults with Twist to guide Italy into the lead ahead of Ukraine (56pts) and Germany (50.60).

Kyrylo Azarov was awarded 7.5s and 8s for a total of 76.50 following his Forward 2 ½ Somersaults with Double Twist, which had the highest DD in the round, to put Ukraine ahead after round two.

Tim Axer guided Germany into second (118.60) with Poland in third (103.20).

Karina Hlyzhina and Dmytro Stepanov had good synchronisation on their Back 2 ½ Somersaults Tuck as Ukraine reached the halfway point with 191.30, 22.30 ahead of Germany (169.00) with Sweden in third (147.90).

While Ukraine were enjoying a sizeable lead, just 18.30pts separated Sweden and Poland in 10th.

Credit to: European Aquatics

The divers moved onto the 10m Platform where Ukraine faltered.

While Hlyzhina scored 6/6.5s for her Inward 2 ½ Somersaults Pike, Danylo Avanesov scored 41.40 for his Armstand Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists, which had a 3.6 DD, the highest of competition.

It allowed Charlotte Lederer and Ole Johannes Roesler to guide Germany to within 0.70 of Ukraine with the latter leading 285.90 to 285.20.

Italy were third (262.50) with Great Britain having moved up from eighth at halfway to within sight of the podium with 252.35.

The Italian pair of Irene Pesce and Simone Conte opened the final round with a Forward 3 ½ Somersault Pike but a poor execution meant they were awarded only 15 points for a Team total of 277.20.

Ukraine were up next with Hylzhina and Avanesov scoring 6/6.5s for their Forward 3 ½ Somersaults for 55.50.

It meant the German duo of Roesler and Lederer knew they would clinch gold if they matched or bettered 56.20 with their Back 2 ½ Somersaults with 1 ½ twists.

A range of 6.5s and 7s earned them 64.00 and the gold medal with a total score of 349.20.

Ukraine claimed silver with 341.40 with Great Britain overhauling Italy for bronze with 303.55.

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