Tarrin Gilliland (Midland, Texas) finished sixth in the women’s 10-meter final with 285.50 points at the FINA Diving World Series in Guangzhou, China on Saturday evening.
China’s Si Yajie scored 418.10 points to win gold for the second week in a row after forging a victory at the World Series stop in Beijing just last week. Compatriot, and Rio 10m gold medalist, Ren Qian claimed the silver medal, keeping the competition tight with a score of 413.00. She won silver last week in Beijing. The déjà vu continued for the bronze medal as Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea posted a score of 372.15 for her second bronze in as many World Series stops, having finished third in Beijing. Meaghan Benfeito of Canada took fourth with 363.55 and Russian Iuliia Timoshinina was fifth at 312.65.
Gilliland opened semifinal B with 73.50 on her first dive, a 107B, putting her in third after a quick round one. She earned scores of 52.80 (6243D), 56.55 (205B) and 51.20 (407C) in the following rounds, placing her fifth with one dive remaining. The 14-year-old then jettisoned herself into the final with 72.00 on her final dive of the semifinal, a 5253B.
The Texas native began the final with a 107B, posting a score of 48.00. She bounced back with 62.40 on her second dive of the final, a 6243D, moving her into fifth. Scoring 55.10 on her third of five total dives, a 205B, sent her back to sixth as she followed with 56.00 in round four on a 407C. Gilliland saved her best effort for last with 64.00 on a 5253B in the final round.
The sixth-place finish was the highest for an American women on platform at the FINA World Series since Amy Cozad Magaña placed sixth in Windsor back in April of 2016. The World Series heads to Kazan, Russia next, but no American divers will be in attendance.
Gilliland also took sixth with Delaney Schnell (Tucson, Ariz.) earlier in the week in the women’s 10m synchronized event.
Team USA will send four divers to Windsor, Canada from April 21-23 for the final leg of the World Series. Olympic silver medalists Sam Dorman (Tempe, Ariz./Miami, Fla.) and Michael Hixon (Amherst, Mass./Bloomington, Ind.) will compete together in synchronized 3-meter, and Olympian Jessica Parratto (Dover, N.H./Bloomington, Ind.) will pair with Gilliland in synchronized 10-meter. Hixon and Parratto will also compete in the individual 3-meter and 10-meter events, respectively, in Windsor.
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