Tanya Watson Is Through To The Semi Final Of The 10m Platform Diving Competition At The Tokyo Olympics
On her Olympic debut, the Southampton-born student finished 15th with a total score of 289.40 from her five dives. The top 18 finishers went through to tomorrow’s semi-final.
The 19-year-old student said she was delighted to advance to the semi-final.
“I feel great, and just excited to go out there again and do my dives and get through again tomorrow,” said Watson.
“My first dive was pretty good for me, everything was consistent, so all my dives were on the head. But I just need to work on tomorrow – my entries, there was some splash there which I would like to get rid of.
“My first, second, third, fourth, fifth dives, they were all consistent. So I’m really, really happy with that. My plan into the semi-finals is that I personally want to enjoy again. I did really good diving today, so I’m really excited to find that again. Also tomorrow, I want to work on my entries into the water.”
Watson, whose grandmother was born in Derry, is the first Irish female diver to qualify for the Olympics. She made the historic breakthrough at a World Cup event in Tokyo earlier this year.
Last year her A levels exams were cancelled due to Covid 19, but she plans to study chemistry in Oxford next year.
The 18 semi-finalists will be reduced to ten and they will go forward to challenge for the medals tomorrow.