James Heatly boosted his hopes of a place at the Tokyo Olympics with individual 3m springboard silver at the Diving World Cup in Japan

on Saturday, 08 May 2021.

He was in contention for gold heading into the last round, but switched to a less difficult dive and a score of just 41.40 saw him miss out on the medals

James Heatly boosted his hopes of a place at the Tokyo Olympics with individual 3m springboard silver at the Diving World Cup in Japan.

With Olympic champion Jack Laugher resting before the Europeans, Heatly and Dan Goodfellow were pushing to join him in Tokyo this summer.

Heatly scored 461.25 from his six routines. Germany's Martin Wolfram (467.75) took gold with Alexis Jandard (434.25) of France third. Goodfellow was fifth after scoring poorly on his final dive.

The 24-year-old, who won gold alongside Laugher in the synchronised 3m event earlier in the competition, topped the standings in the preliminaries and semi-final.

He was in contention for gold heading into the last round, but switched to a less difficult dive and a score of just 41.40 saw him miss out on the medals.

Heatly's success meant the British team finish with an impressive five medals from the competition, which doubled up as the official test event for the Tokyo Olympics.

The squad will now head to Budapest for the European Aquatics Championships, which begin on Monday.

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New world record for Stephen Cleg

on Sunday, 11 April 2021.

S12 world record at the British Para-Swimming International Meet

Britain's Stephen Clegg set a new world record in the S12 men's 100m butterfly on the last day of the British Para-swimming International Meet.

Clegg, 25, clocked 56.75 seconds at the event in Sheffield, which doubles as trials for the Tokyo Paralympics.

It beat the previous best, set by Russia's Roman Makarov in 2013, by nine hundredths of a second.

"I'm buzzing with that time. No-one can ever really complain with a world record," said Clegg.

Clegg, who is a younger brother of Paralympic athletics gold medallist and Dancing on Ice star Libby Clegg, won silver in the event at the 2019 World Championships.

Coached by Chris Jones, the Edinburgh University Swimmer, who is visually impaired, is now in line to make it to his second Paralympics later this year having made his debut at Rio 2016 where he missed out on a medal.

"I've been doing a lot of work this season around the butterfly and I thought I was in a good place to do something pretty special with it," he added.

"But I think I've got a lot more to give throughout the year. Everything is really clicking on all my events, even the ones I've not really worked on that much.

"It's a great starting point with the first main competition of the season and a great building block for the next five months to come.