Belgrade 2024: Spain hold their nerve to claim Mixed Team Event title

Published On: June 17, 2024

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Five nations took to the 3m and 10m boards in the Mixed Team Event Final for the first of seven days of diving action at the Serbian Institute for Sports and Sports Medicine.

The first rounds of dives saw a male and a female athlete execute a dive from the 3m Springboard.

In what was a hotly contested first trip to the boards, the German pairing of Jana Lisa Rother and Lou Massenberg secured a slender lead over the Swedish duo of Emilia Nilsson Garip and Elias Petersen with 128.75 points to 128.45.

Massenberg’s Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults Tuck (307C) was the pick of the openers, with a 3.5 degree of difficulty being executed with an average score of 7.

The field stayed on the springboards as they reached the halfway stage of the six-round contest, with a 3m synchro dive.

The German team extended their lead at the top as the same two divers came together on a Back 2 ½ Somersaults Pike (205B), the pair having the better of the synchronisations across the field to put a healthier gap between them and the rest of the competition.

The attention then turned to the 10m Platform, where there was a changing of the guard at the top.

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Spain’s two divers, Valeria Antolini Pacheco and Carlos Camacho, lit up the crowd with fantastic dives.

The latter scored a huge 72 points on his Armstand Back Double Somersault 1 ½ Twists Free (6243D) to help the team on their way to a score of 305.25 with one round of dives to go with Ukraine and Germany both less than nine points behind with one round to go, in second and third place respectively.

The last round of dives would see all three countries in with a shout of the gold medal, with one round of 10m synchro dives to contest.

Each nation put together some of their best dives, but it was the Spanish team who managed to hold on to their lead and secure the gold.

Antolino Pacheco and Camacho both held their nerve on their Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists Pike (5253B), excelling on their synchronicity to score 62.40 and finish with a total of 367.65.

The Ukrainian team also managed to stabilise themselves and claim the silver medal, as they provided strong competition right through to the end, with Danylo Avanesov and Karina Hlyzhina scoring well on their execution for their Forward 3 ½ Somersaults Pike (107B), seeing them finish on a score of 357.00.

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Germany’s Luis Avila Sanchez and Carolina Coordes rounded off their country’s efforts to see them take bronze with a total score of 352.30.

It was arguably the Romanian pairing of Nicoleta-Angelica Muscalu and Alexandry Avasiloae who had the pick of the dives on round six, though.

Their Inward 2 ½ Somersaults Pike (405B) saw a hat-trick of 7’s from the judges and elevated them to a fourth-place finish on 320.80.

It was the German athletes who had the most to say after the competition, though.

Jana Lisa Rother made sure to shine some light on her teammates when giving her thoughts.

“I’m very proud,” she said. “We have two young competitors here and it’s the first European Championships for them.

“So, to get along and win a medal is quite cool for the first European Championships. It was a fight for all of us and we managed to do it together and we are really happy and proud.”

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