Belgrade 2024: Gold for Jules Bouyer and Alexis Jandard as French duo shine in men’s synchro 3m final

Published On: June 23, 2024

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France’s Jules Bouyer got some consolation on the last day of competition in the men’s 3m synchro after he had been dropped from the medal positions so painfully in the very last round in the individual final.

This time, alongside the equally excellent Alexis Jandard, the French came up with a very balanced performance.

“For me, this was vengeance after the individual final yesterday, where I fell in my last dive,” said Bouyer after collecting the gold medal.

“I’m very happy to have a solid competition with Alexis, though I think we can do even better than this.

“We need to work on our synchronisation a bit more, but we’ve used this competition to see what we want to do, what we want to reach.”

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After the ‘basic’ two dives, the French duo showed some real quality on the springboards, with not a single mark below 6.5. Indeed, most were in the range of 7.5s and 8.0s.

Once they came up with a magnificent four and a half somersaults in tuck for 83.22 points – the highest scoring attempt in the afternoon – their lead grew to 20 points and they managed to keep that till the end.

“This is the reward we deserve for our hard work, but we need to continue it up until Paris,” added Jandard.

“We need to keep working, but also enjoy this moment as we are European champions.

“We have the potential to do bigger things and we are still building ourselves. It’s a good boost for what we are working for and aiming for.”

For Dixon, there were some conflicting feelings.

“It was mixed emotions, to be honest,” he said. “It was a proper dogfight, I jumped one dive for
40 points then I fought my way back. I’m really happy to battle my way through and coming off with a bronze medal. I enjoyed these days here, the weather is so hot and I love it!”

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Juan Cortes and Nicolas Garcia of Spain soared into second place in the fourth round, and kept the French under some real pressure by delivering some excellent dives.

Though they could not produce really big dives to seriously trouble the Frenchmen, whose scores never fell below 70 across the last four rounds.

“To be honest, we didn’t expect this, as my usual partner is not here since he has an injury’ said Cortes.

“I just hoped we could get into the top five, but we were pretty solid.

“I think we were both improving from the second round, and we got better and better as the competition went on.”

The Polish pair of Kacper Lesiak and 1m champion Andrzej Rzeszutek got off to a flying start, but midway through the final they fell back to fourth, while Italy’s Stefano Belotti and Matteo Santoro regained the bronze spot after round three.

The Italians offered five fine dives as the battle for the minor spoils intensified.

A mere 1.8 points separated the second and fourth-placed pairs before the final round.

The Spaniards managed to produce their very best there, for 78.54, while the Italians faltered and handed the Polish duo third.

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“We are very happy and really surprised,” said Lesiak.

“We thought the Italians would take the bronze, but we happened to finish in the third place.

“It’s my first European medal after spending 23 years in diving, so you can imagine how happy I am.”

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