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Cowen at the double in Youth Olympics
Jenny Cowen found that enjoyment brought its rewards at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney.
The 17-year-old from Keighley, who was partnering Drighlington’s Aimee Walker, won silver medals on their debut as a pair in the women’s three-metre syn-chronised event in Sydney, and they followed that up with bronze the next day in the ten-metre competition.
China’s Chen Wen and He Wanyang won with 313.80 points but Cowen and Walker held on to the silver medal with 267.81, despite a strong finish from Australians Rhiannan Iffland and Hayley Taeuber (264.30), who came within two points of the British team with one dive remaining.
Parkside pupil Cowen said: “We both put in a good team performance.”
Walker added: “We are pretty excited with the results. We enjoyed ourselves out there and just did our best.”
In the ten-metre event, Chinese duo Feng Linghui and Xu Zhi-huan (337.74) led from start to finish.
The silver medal was fought between Malaysia’s Pnadelel Rin-ong Pomg and Traisy Vivien Tukiet (294.87) and Cowen and Walker (278.49).
After some confusion over which position they finished in, the Britons were happy with the bronze.
Cowen, who is supported by Leeds Metropolitan University, said: “We train together at the same club back home (City of Leeds).
“It’s our first time competing together in Australia and we’ve loved it.”
Walker said: “I dived well, apart form one dive but I got it back on the last dive so I’m very happy.”