Krysta Palmer (left) and Maria Coburn (right) won gold in the women's synchronized 3-meter event at the FINA Diving Grand Prix Gold Coast
Team USA wrapped up the FINA Diving Grand Prix Gold Coast with multiple medals thanks to impressive performances from Maria Coburn (Round Rock, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics) and Krysta Palmer (Carson City, Nev./Nevada Dive Club). The duo won gold in the women’s synchronized 3-meter final and Coburn secured silver in the women’s 3-meter contest. Palmer took fifth in the 3-meter event.
Coburn and Palmer opened the synchronized 3-meter final with an inward dive pike that earned 43.80 points and followed with forward dive pike worth 46.20 in round two. The pair posted their first score of 50 or more points in round three with a forward 2½ somersault 1 twist pike that collected 51.30 points. Round four saw the Americans record a score of 57.60 on a reverse 2½ somersault pike. The gold-medal performance came to fruition after Coburn and Palmer scored 62.10 points in round five on a back 2½ somersault pike, sending their total score to 261.00.
Germany’s Tina Punzel and Lena Hentschel took silver (242.70) while Japan’s Sayaka Mikami and Hazuki Miyamoto earned bronze (235.80).
Coburn found her way back to the podium by winning silver in the 3-meter final with a score of 280.80 points. The Texan recorded back-to-back 63.00-point dives in rounds two and three, coming on a back 2½ somersault pike and a reverse 2½ somersault pike. She then etched marks of 51.00 (forward 2½ somersault 1 twist pike) and 51.15 (forward 3½ somersault pike) to close out the final and secure second place. Only China’s Chen Yiwen topped Coburn with a mark of 297.95. China’s Huang Xiaohui won bronze with 278.50.
Palmer finished fifth in the 3-meter final with 264.25 points. She posted three dives worth 51.00 or more points, including her highest-scoring dive that earned 66.00 points (reverse 2½ somersault pike).
Gold Coast marked the final stop of the FINA Diving Grand Prix.
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