A strong performance in the finals gave 2018 Youth Olympic silver medalist Lyskun the gold medal in the women’s 10m platform at the 2019 European Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, only the winner is eligible to qualify their nation to the games. Should they have already previously qualified a quota or the nation has already achieved the maximum quota then the quota will not be used. Diving at the European Championships is currently being held in Kiev, Ukraine from August 5th to August 11th 2019.
The preliminary round contained some drama as then current leader Nicoleta-Angelic Muscalu scored 0 points on her fourth dive and along with a poorly scored fifth dive caused her to completely miss on reaching the final as she finished 17th. She was overtaken by Yulia Timoshinina whom finished the round with a total of 300.30 points, 4.70 more than Celine van Duijn of the Netherlands.
The final saw the lead switch between Ukraine’s Sofiya Lyskun and Great Britain’s Eden Cheng, but a poor third dive gave Lyskun sole ownership of the lead as she went on to win the gold medal with a total score of 330.00. The silver and bronze medals were won by van Duijn (304.50) and Timoshinina (304.45) respectively.
The next opportunity for European nations to qualify in this event will by at the Diving World Cup to be held in 2020. The next event to offer Olympic quotas will be the women’s 3m springboard to be held on Thursday.
Women’s 10m Platform