Grace Reid dives to British best in 56 years

Grace Reid competes in the 3m springboard diving final in Rio. PICTURE: Getty Images
Grace Reid competes in the 3m springboard diving final in Rio. PICTURE: Getty Images
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EDINBURGH 20-year-old Grace Reid delivered the best British female diving performance in the 3m individual springboard for 56 years with a superb eighth in the final.

Reid, who won European bronze in London earlier this year, scored Team GB’s best result in the event since Liz Ferris won bronze in 1960.

Reid shows her delight at placing eighth. PICTURE: Getty Images

Reid shows her delight at placing eighth. PICTURE: Getty Images

The Scottish diver saved her best performance for the final in Rio, stepping up on her 304.25 and 314.25 efforts from the prelims and semis respectively.

“That was amazing,” said Reid. “I loved every second. I’m gutted it’s over to be honest but I loved every second of that from the first day I was up to just now.

“I guess I saved my best until last. That’s the good thing going in on a fresh page and taking each dive at a time and to walk away with that result is just amazing.

“The reverse pike is new for me since Europeans and this year I’ve upped my degree of difficulty. The only reason that’s paying off is because of the confidence that’s come with it – believing in my ability to do the harder dives

“I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts, have a bit of a holiday and then I think it’ll be back to the hard work with my coach Jenny [Leeming] and see where we’re at.

“We’ve put in so much work over the past 13 years and today was a testament to that work we’ve put in.”

Meanwhile, Rio 2016 organisers have attempted to solve their green diving pool problem by borrowing water from a training pool.

Removing algae, blamed for the water turning from blue to green, had little effect so officials at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre opted to drain the pool on Saturday night and refill it.

A Rio 2016 spokesman said: “The pool has been drained and refilled. We were able to transfer water from one of two training pools that were used for water polo.”

However the diving pool water still appeared to be green yesterday afternoon.

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