REBECCA Gallantree insists things are building nicely for this summer’s Commonwealth Games after securing a surprise Diving World Series bronze alongside replacement 3m synchro partner Hannah Starling.
The 29-year-old, from Chelmsford, normally competes with Alicia Blagg, but, with her regular partner still recovering from a broken wrist, Gallantree teamed up with Starling for the third leg of the World Series at the London Aquatics Centre.
Despite having just one week’s training together, the pair impressed, posting 302.88 points to climb the medal rostrum behind gold medallists Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao.
Gallantree was back on the boards the following day in the 3m individual springboard event but just missed out on a spot in the final, finishing fifth in her semi-final with 313.85 points.
She said: “It was great diving in the Olympic pool again and it turned into a pleasing weekend all round. Hannah and I just went in with a target to dive well because that’s always the case and just to enjoy it and see what we could get out of it.”
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