Rzeszów 2024: Italy and Spain on top of the podium on day three of European Junior Diving Championships

Credit to: European Aquatics

Matteo Santoro and Ana Carvajal San Miguel won gold as Italy and Spain clinched their first titles of the European Junior Diving Championships in Rzeszów, Poland.

After three days of competition, Germany head the standings with three golds and three bronzes ahead of Ukraine (two golds, three silvers and a bronze) and Italy with one gold and one silver.

Santoro dominated throughout to win the boys’ 1m Springboard and continue his golden streak at junior level that has seen him so far claim a combined 10 World and European titles.

The Italian has also made his mark on the senior international stage with 3m synchro medals at the last three World Championships and four trips to the European podium, including 3m mixed synchro gold at Budapest 2020.

The 17-year-old arrived in Poland little more than a fortnight after claiming double silver in the 1m and 3m Springboard events at the European Aquatics Championships Belgrade 2024.

Santoro led the preliminary round by 58 points ahead of teammate Valerio Mosca (473.75) and Maksym Mirza of Ukraine (470.45).

Twelve divers returned to the Rzeszów Diving Arena for the final round, cut from the 23 who contested the heats.

Santoro, diving 12th, opened his programme with the Forward 2 ½ Somersaults 1 Twist Pike for which he was scored 72.00.

That put him in the lead with 280.50pts, a lead of 25.10 over Croatia’s Matej Nevescanin (255.40) and Mirza (252.85).

Santoro followed that up in the second round with a Forward 3 ½ Somersault Pike which, with 3.3 DD, was the hardest dive on display on Wednesday.

He scored 69.30 to increase his lead at the head of the standings with 349.80 ahead of Great Britain’s Noah Penman who had moved into second following his Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults Tuck for which he scored 72.00 for 311.90 overall.

Mirza remained third with 309.85.

The trio went into the final round maintaining those same positions albeit with Penman and Mirza separated by just 0.55.

Santoro ended his competition with his lowest-scoring dive but enjoyed a commanding victory with 530.25 with Penman claiming silver with 491.90 ahead of Mirza who scored 489.95.

Credit to: European Aquatics

In the Girls A Platform, Ana Carvajal San Miguel added European junior gold to the title she won in Belgrade last month.

Maisie Bond of Great Britain headed the field after the preliminary round with 388.90 with the Spaniard 18.05 behind in second with 370.85.

Carvajal San Miguel produced an excellent execution of her opening dive, scoring 63.00 for her Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults Tuck to go into the lead with 228.85.

Irene Pesce of Italy was second after the first round of the final with 222.75 with Bond third (220.10).

Carvajal San Miguel never relinquished her position and saved the best for last when she earned 67.20 for her Inward 3 ½ Somersault Tuck for an overall total of 419.95.

Bond scored 70pts for her Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults Tuck – the highest score of the competition – to leapfrog teammate Hannah Newbrook for second with 382.65.

Newbrook clinched bronze with 358.80.

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