Jansen won her first European title in the women’s 3m springboard 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 had multiple lead changes with Germany’s Tina Punzel, Switzerland’s Jessica Favre, Russia’s Uliana Kliueva and Netherlands’ Inge Jansen all leading for one round each with Russia’s Kristina Ilinykh winning the overall round with a score of 289.75, just 1.30 points ahead of Great Britain’s Katherine Torrance.
The final saw fewer lead changes as Jansen took the lead over from Ukraine’s Olena Fedorova after the second dive and held it for the rest of the event, winning the gold medal with a score of 293.85. This wasn’t as easy as it sounded as a relatively poor fourth dive gave her nearest competitors a chance to catch her, but she was able to hold off Ilinykh and Punzel whom finished second and third with scores of 292.60 and 290.15 respectively. As Jansen had already qualified at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships the Olympic quota has been reallocated to the 2020 World Cup.
The next opportunity for European nations to qualify in this event will by at the Diving World Cup to be held in 2020. The European Diving Championships continues tomorrow with quotas being awarded in the men’s 3m springboard.
Women’s 3m Springboard
* Reallocated to 2020 World Cup