James Heatly wins GB’s first European Games diving medal

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Edinburgh diver James Heatly was celebrating last night after he secured a bronze medal at the European Games in Baku.

The 18-year-old, who is in his final weeks at George Watson’s College, posted a score of 483.5 in the final of the men’s 1m springboard in the capital of Azerbaijan yesterday.

As a result he earned third place behind winner Nikita Shleikher and runner-up Ilia Molchanov (both Russia) and became Great Britain’s first ever diving medallist at the European Games.

Heatly said: “I’m really happy. I’m quite surprised because my second dive wasn’t very good – I dropped that – so just the fact that I could pull myself back up – I’m not normally very good at that – makes me very happy.

“The support from those in the crowd following Great Britain gave me a lot of confidence. If you were by yourself, it would be more nerve-wracking.

“Everyone on the team is friends too so the fact that everyone was there and cheering made me feel good.”

Heatly has two more events left to dive in at this meet.

This afternoon he will be competing in the men’s 3m syncro and tomorrow he will be in the men’s 3m springboard.