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A spring in the step for Tokyo as Goodfellow has dual goals

By Charlie Peatnewsdesk@iliffemedia.co.uk

Diver Dan Goodfellow in action at the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Cat Goryn
Diver Dan Goodfellow in action at the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Cat Goryn

And Hayley Simmonds looks forward to World Road Cycling Championships

Daniel Goodfellow has seen promising signs that his springboard diving is heading in the right direction after earning fourth place at the European Diving Championship in Glasgow.

The Meldreth diver has been a platform specialist in recent years, picking up a bronze medal alongside Tom Daley at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The 21-year-old also won gold with Daley at the Commonwealth Games in April but has been transitioning into a springboard diver for the past year.

And the signs are looking good for the multi-skilled diver as he finished just off the podium places in the 3m springboard event at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Goodfellow totalled 437.75 points and insists he is working hard towards making a splash at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

He said: “I didn’t really know what to expect coming into the final because I’ve not been doing springboard that long and the transition from the springboard to the platform.

“I’ve only been doing it a year now and if anything it means the signs look promising going into next year and then Tokyo.

“I think now, at this stage of my springboard career, it’s all about getting as many major events under my belt, especially if I want to do the synchro at the Olympics. It’s about getting experience which can only be a good thing.”

Elsewhere, Cambridge road cyclist Hayley Simmonds delivered a consistent performance in the European Championship time trial in Glasgow.

The 30-year-old was caught off guard by the adverse weather conditions but that did not mean the two-time national champion was going to throw in the towel.

Consistency proved the order of the day as Simmonds, who has only just overcome a recent injury, finished eighth in 44min 7sec having hit every checkpoint inside the top 10.

“I was probably more cautious than I needed to be,” she said.

“I broke my elbow at the women’s Tour de France seven-and-a-half weeks ago and had surgery.

“I did not want to risk coming down on it today, setting myself back, then basically being in the same position for the World Championships [in September] as I am now.

“I looked at the weather forecast and it said dry, but I’ve learnt from my three days up here that you kind of ignore what it says and assume it is going to rain.

“Luckily it actually stopped a couple of minutes before I took to the ramp as I was concerned about water on my visor and visibility.”

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