Former champions Illya Kvasha and Matthieu Rosset will go head to head after booking their spots in the diving 1m Springboard Final at the London 2016 European Aquatics Championships.
Ukraine’s Kvasha has won the European 1m title five times, as well as World Championship silver in 2013 and last year in Kazan.
Frenchman Rosset is also no stranger to the international podium and, having won the 1m and 3m European double in Rostock last year, won’t be likely to give up the first of his titles without a fight.
Kvasha showed the best form in this afternoon’s prelims, topping the leaderboard on 424.35.
But Rosset – who warmed up with a fifth place finish in the Team Event on the opening day – was in the top three throughout the rounds and eased into tonight’s final on 400.55
Austria’s Constantin Blaha split the pair in the prelims, finishing second on 401.55, and will aim to become Austria’s first European medallist from 1m tonight.
British hopes Freddie Woodward and Jordan Houlden also secured spots in the final, placing seventh and 12th respectively.
Woodward finished the prelim on 356.25 and will be aiming to improve on his 12th place finish at last year’s European Championships, while 17-year old Houlden impressed to ensure his progress with 332.40 on his major championship debut.
“It’s great to get into the final,” said Houlden. “That was a good prelim but I dropped two dives but the rest were alright and it was a pretty good prelim.
“I was nervous because it’s my first senior event and the crowd was really loud. It’s my first time competing in the Olympic pool as well but it felt good.”
- Click here for full results from the Men’s 1m Springboard Prelims.
Tickets for the European Aquatics Championships – the biggest event to be held at the London Aquatics Centre since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games – are still available either online HERE or on the door for the first five days.