Divers take positive step towards Rio

VIS divers Anabelle Smith, James Connor  and Grant Nel have taken positive steps towards possible Olympic nomination with strong performances at the Rio qualification event over the weekend.

 

Smith and partner Maddison Keeney won the 3m synchro event at Olympic trials, then, in the hotly contested women’s 3 metre springboard event, Smith finished in third place.

 

In the men’s springboard, VIS athlete James Connor, 2014 Commonwealth Games medallist Grant Nel, and recently naturalised Australian, Kevin Chavez, were all in the mix for medals.

 

Although Nel won the final, Chavez was the most consistent diver and Connor outscored Nel in the preliminary and semi-final events.

 

Selectors will have a tough task deciding who will represent Australia at the Rio Games in August.

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