Diving: Leeds pair rely on final Olympic qualifier after slip up in Russia

Rebecca Gallantree (left) and Alicia Blagg.
Rebecca Gallantree (left) and Alicia Blagg.
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leeds divers Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg failed to claim Britain a Rio Olympic place on a day World Championship history was made.

The Commonwealth champions needed a top-three finish to secure Team GB a synchronised 3m springboard berth in Brazil, but finished 10th in Russia. Men featured in synchronised swimming for the first time at a World Championships.

Mixed synchronised diving also made its debut and China won the 10m event.

The Canadian team – which featured Olympic medallist Meaghan Benefeito alongside Vincent Riendeau – were second, with Australia third.

London Olympians Gallantree and Blagg had never won a World Championship medal, but prospects of success were boosted after the pair qualified for their final with the fourth highest score.

However, they could not repeat their form from earlier in the day and will now have to rely on the final qualification event – the Rio World Cup – in early 2016.

China, Canada and Australia claimed the gold, silver and bronze medals respectively and secured their places at next year’s Olympics.

“We’ll re-group from here and hopefully come out with better results in the individual (3m springboard) event,” said Gallantree.

Yesterday, City of Leeds pair James Denny and Matty Lee finished ninth in the 10-metre synchro on their World Championship debut.

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