Germany tops the medal table, Russian talent shines
Nations labelled powerhouses at senior level, also ruled the competition among the juniors and the youths, as Germany, Russia and Great Britain collected the most medals at the European Junior Diving Championships. However, a double gold for Poland and a 5-medals haul from the Swiss also belong to the highlights in Rijeka.
The next generation of European diving produced a brilliant and sometimes really thrilling week in Rijeka, in the famous Kantrida Pool at the shores of the Adriatic Sea where the junior Europeans were held in two age-groups (14-15 and 16-17 years old).
Russia’s Ruslan Ternovoi might become the next Dmitrii Sautin as the 15 year-old prodigy managed to make the unique double of winning the 3m and 10m individual events. Ternovoi was absolutely a class above the rest, he was ranked first after each of his dives in both competitions. In the platform, he got the highest single score in the entire competition (86.40 points) with 9.0s and 9.5s flashing on the board.
Germany’s Patrick Kreisel also captured two titles, among the 16-17 years old, he made the classic double by winning the 3m and the 3m synchro event (with Lou Massenberg). In this latter age-group the boy’s platform final was a real thriller – as we got used to that in the elite circles – and finally Matthew Dixon (perhaps the next Tom Daley…) emerged the winner. Dixon came from behind and topped the ranks only once: at the end of the competition, while Russia’s Boris Efremov, leading all the way until the last round (also had a 86.40-pointer), made a bad miss on his final attempt and was dropped to 4th.
Among the girls both age-groups saw a 1m-3m double. Among the juniors Poland’s Kaja Skrzek stunned the field by magnificent performances while Germany’s Lena Hentschel shone among the younger ones.
As expected, the great German diving school excelled again as they amassed 6 titles, while the other powerhouse, Russia pulled off the most medals (9). Great Britain had six, enough for the third place in the overall. Switzerland enjoyed an outstanding week with 5 medals, including a title (in synchro) and to the joy of the locals the Croats didn’t leave the pool empty-handed either as they clinched a silver in the boy’s synchro event. The Nordic countries also had their say, though this time Norway and Denmark earned podium finishes, something rarely seen before, but definitely a great push for them and for European diving.
Medallists, European Junior Diving Championships
16-17 years old
- Francesco Porco (ITA), 2. Jonathan Suckow (SUI), 2. Lou Massenberg (GER)
- Patrick Kreisel (GER), 2. Gwendal Bisch (FRA), 3. Andreas Sargent Larsen (DEN)
- Matthew Dixon (GBR), 2. Maksim Lebedev (RUS), 3. Noah Williams (GBR)
14-15 years old
- Leonard Bastian (GER), 2. Nikita Kryvopyshyn (UKR), 3. Dimitrii Belov (RUS)
- Ruslan Ternovoi (RUS), 2. Nikita Kryvopyshyn (UKR), 3. Grigory Ivanov (RUS)
- Ruslan Ternovoi (RUS), 2. Owen Harrison (GBR), 3. Emil Ibragimov (RUS)
16-17 years old
- Kaja Skrzek (POL), 2. Ekaterina Nekrasova (RUS), 3. Michelle Heimberg (SUI)
- Kaja Skrzek (POL), 2. Michelle Heimberg (SUI), Christina Wassen (GER)
- Christina Wassen (GER), 2. Shanice Lobb (GBR), 3. Anna Chuinyshena (RUS)
14-15 years old
- Lena Hentschel (GER), 2. Vitaliia Koroleva (RUS), 3. Chiara Pellacani (ITA)
- Lena Hentschel (GER), 2. Helle Tuxen (NOR), 3. Giulia Vittorioso (ITA)
- Victoria Vincent (GBR), 2. Giulia Vittorioso (ITA), 3. Sofia Lyskun (UKR)
3m Synchro (all age-groups)
- Lou Massenberg, Patrick Kreisel (GER), 2. Hrvoje Brezovac, Juraj Melsa (CRO), 3. Simon Rieckhoff, Jonathan Suckow (SUI)
- Madeline Coquoz, Michelle Heimberg (SUI), 2. Millie Fowler, Millie Haffety (GBR), 3. Anne Vilde Tuxen, Helle Tuxen (NOR)
GER 6 0 2
RUS 2 3 4
GBR 2 3 1
POL 2 0 0
SUI 1 2 2
ITA 1 1 2
UKR 0 2 1
NOR 0 1 1
CRO 0 1 0
FRA 0 1 0
DEN 0 0 1