Diving: Smith and Gerrard have to settle for bronze

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The Olympic medal hopefuls Jane Smith and Tandi Gerrard had to settle for a bronze medal in the three-metre springboard synchro final at the Arena Diving Champions Cup in Stockholm, Sweden, at the weekend.

The defending champions suffered a disappointing dive in the penultimate round and saw any chance of retaining their title disappear at the Eriksdalsbadet Aquatic Centre.

Smith, of the City of Sheffield club, and Gerrard, from the City of Leeds club, were second with two rounds remaining. But their fifth dive delivered a low score and saw the Russian pairing of Anna Looze and Natalia Umyskova take gold, while the Ukrainians Olena Fedorova and Kristina Ishchenko won silver.

Other British divers in action included Blake Aldridge, of Crystal Palace, who finished ninth in the men's three-metre event. In the synchro event Aldridge teamed up with Gareth Jones but the GB pair were eliminated after round three.

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