History Made As Irish Diver Qualifies For Semi-Final

History Made As Irish Diver Qualifies For Semi-Final

Tanya Watson became the first Irish woman to dive at an Olympics this morning and she has gone further into history by qualifying for the semi-finals.

Watson finished in 16th place and with the top 18 to progress, she'll line up in the semi-final tomorrow at 2:00am (Irish Time).

Her opening dive earned her most points this morning with a back 2½ somersaults 1½ twists in the pike position getting a score of 62.40 from the judges.

It was just the start she needed and she never left the qualifying positions after that. From dive 3 on, she remained in 16th to qualify with 11.30 total points to spare.


The 19-year old will need to improve her score in tomorrow's semi final with only the top 12 to qualify. She was just over 8 points off 12th today.

China continued their domination in diving with Yuxi Chen way out in front on 390.70 and compatriot Hongchan Quan behind her on 364.45.

The medals will be decided tomorrow with the semi final starting at 2:00am and the final to follow at 07:00am.

A fantastic achievement for the English-born athlete in her first games.

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John Dodge
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