Olympics diving: Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow miss out on medal

European champions Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow say they have "no regrets" after finishing fifth in the synchronised diving 10m platform final.

The British pair were in second place after the opening two rounds, but small mistakes cost them an Olympic podium finish.

Chinese pair Chen Ruolin and Hao Wang collected gold, Mexico took silver and Canada the bronze.

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"The British girls were very consistent, but you cannot take anything away from the three podium finishers. It was sensational diving from the women on the platform. The bar is continually being lifted and there are some new players in town.

"But it does also prove that the Chinese are not infallible. They are human after all and will be feeling the occasion. But they don't need to be their best to win the gold. They can dive at 85% capacity and still be good enough to thump the rest of the field."

"I think we both had a great experience," said Couch.

"Our first two dives were just brilliant and, although our options weren't as good as normal, we did score a lot higher than at Europeans, so it is a great performance. We don't have any regrets."

Barrow admitted she was disappointed they could not capitalise on their strong start, but praised the home crowd for the boost their support gave them in the final routine.

"It was so loud and even better than the World Cup [Olympic test event in February, where the pair claimed bronze]," she said. "I think we were definitely encouraged by it."

Couch, who finished eighth alongside Stacie Powell at the Beijing Games, believes better is to come from her partnership with Barrow.

"We've only been diving as a pair for about two and a half years, whereas the Canadians have been diving since 2005," added Couch. "Sarah and I have a lot more to give and I'm excited. Bring on the next one."

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