GLASGOW, Aug 11 – Iuliia Timoshinina finally dived to the European Championships gold that her talent demands on Saturday but the Russian perfectionist still did not sound happy after her victory with Nikita Shleikher in the mixed synchronised 10m platform event.
Timoshinina had been fancied to win multiple golds at Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool over the week but had suffered near-misses and a calamity when she failed to qualify for the final of the individual 10m platform.
Yet after winning bronze in the mixed team and silver in the women’s synchronised 10m platform, she was relieved to at last complete her set of medals with the right colour by dethroning Britain’s reigning champions Lois Toulson and Matty Lee.
“It was very hard for me. From day one I really wanted to win, so now I am extremely pleased,” said the 20-year-old Timoshinina, whose father Vladimir was also a European diving champion.
“After the platform, I was very nervous, because not everything worked out for me in this competition.”
Those nerves were still jangling when she and her 20-year-old synchro partner Shleikher had to produce a fine final dive with the British duo breathing down their necks.
“I was very nervous, because in all my previous competitions I lost because of that particular dive (a back two-and-a-half somersault with one-and-a-half twists). I knew that if I did it poorly again, it would be terrible.”
Instead, it was executed well enough for them to score 74.88 and even though Toulson and Lee surpassed it with 75.84, the best score of the competition, the British pair fell 1.83 marks short of the Russians’ five-dive total of 309.63.
Germany’s Florian Fandler and Christina Wassen took the bronze with 278.64.
“It is good to finish in that way and get a gold medal and to have a complete set,” said Timoshinina. “Nevertheless, there were a lot of errors and I need to improve on that. I am not satisfied with my results. I expected more from myself.” (Reporting by Ian Chadband, editing by Pritha Sarkar)