Diving: Brilliant Brit Toulson prevents Chinese clean sweep at Fina Grand Prix

Great Britain's Lois Toulson won the 10m Platform Women's Final of the 6th Singapore Diving International FINA Diving Grand Prix at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Oct 17, 2015.
Great Britain's Lois Toulson won the 10m Platform Women's Final of the 6th Singapore Diving International FINA Diving Grand Prix at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Oct 17, 2015.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - With a rampant China team sweeping all five gold medals available so far at the Fina Diving Grand Prix, a plucky Brit went for the spectacular and broke the stranglehold by winning the sixth event at the Fina Diving Grand Prix.

Having dominated the boards since Friday, the Chinese were finally stunned by Great Britain's Lois Toulson, who edged out two Chinese in the women's 10m platform final yesterday at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The 16-year-old brilliantly executed a final dive with a backward two and a half somersaults with one and a half twists, which had a difficulty level of 3.2, giving her a total score of 345.25. She beat Wang Han to the gold by 2.55 points. Wang Ying was third (302.60).

Wang Han and Wang Ying who had won gold in Friday's women synchronised 10m platform. Toulson won the same event at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan this year.

In pipping the Chinese to the gold, Toulson saved her best routine for her last dive. She said: "I put it at the end because it was more of a safe dive. I just tried to keep calm and do my best."

Although there was no clean sweep yesterday, the Chinese won both the women's synchronised 3m springboard through Wu Chun Ting and Xu Zhi Huan (287.10) and the men's 3m platform through Peng Jian Feng (515.70).

There was a mighty battle for silver in the men's 3m platform as China's Zhong Yu Ming's score of 390.85 was only 0.15 ahead of Australia's Matthew Carter.

The 15-year old Carter said: "I'm a little disappointed about missing out on silver but I'm really happy about how I performed today. Just to be able to compete against men who are older than you is amazing."