Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, 16, cried tears of joy as she came seventh behind a show-stopping performance by Chinese teenage sensation Quan Hongchan. The 14-year-old, who had two dives that scored perfect 10s, is the youngest women’s diving champion in 29 years.
Spendolini-Sirieix put together a consistent series of dives, finishing with a best score of 72 points for an overall tally of 305.5. Her British team-mate Lois Toulson, 21, of Huddersfield, came ninth.
Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor told the BBC that Spendolini-Sirieix finished her final dive “beautifully” and she could “hold her head up high”.
Sirieix, 49, tweeted three clapping hands, a duck and a red heart with a screenshot of her placing on the leader board. He added: “Well done, Andrea.”
After her performance, she said: “I was just speaking to my family and I just started crying. I’m very, very proud of where I’ve come … I’ve definitely exceeded my expectations.”
Spendolini-Sirieix said she was looking forward to Paris 2024, adding: “My grandparents live very close to Paris, so my whole family will be able to come.”