Reid hails ‘amazing’ Rio result

Edinburgh diver saves best performance till last

Edinburgh diver Grace Reid produced the best British performance in the women’s 3m springboard final in 56 years then put it down to 13 years of hard work with her coach.

The 22-year-old student finished eighth in the final, with a score of 318.6, the best Team GB result since Liz Ferris won a bronze medal in 1960.

It capped a fine season for Reid, who won bronze in the European Championships in London in the run-up to Rio.

“That was amazing. I loved every second. I’m gutted it’s over to be honest but I loved every second of that from the first day I was up to just now.

“I guess I saved my best until last. That’s the good thing going in on a fresh page and taking each dive at a time, to walk away with that result is just amazing.

“The reverse pike is new for me since Europeans and this year I’ve upped my degree of difficulty. The only reason that’s paying off is because of the confidence that’s come with it – believing in my ability to do the harder dives

“My mum couldn’t watch me dive when I was younger. She never liked me jumping of 10m and I think now she can finally watch me. She was in the crowd tonight and I’m really hoping she watched that otherwise I’m going to sit her down and make her.”

Reid, who first attracted attention with a fourth place in the 2010 European Championships when she was just 14, and fought back from a dislocated shoulder two years ago, said: “I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts, have a bit of a holiday and then I think it’ll be back to the hard work with my coach Jenny [Leeming] and see where we’re at.

“We’ve put in so much work over the past 13 years and today was a testament to that work we’ve put in.”