New best for Olympian Lois in Rio final

Diver Lois Toulson.
Diver Lois Toulson.

The world’s biggest sporting stage and mysterious green water failed to faze Gomersal diving sensation Lois Toulson, who recorded a personal best at the Rio Olympics.

The 16-year-old teamed-up with Plymouth’s Tonia Couch in the women’s 10m synchro final on Tuesday, aiming to become the first British women to win a diving medal at an Olympics for 56 years.

I really enjoyed it. I’ve got a lot of experience from it.

Olympian Lois Toulson

And while they missed out on that goal by just 16.74 points, eventually finishing fifth in a top drawer field, the British duo had plenty to celebrate.

Despite the Rio diving pool turning a strange shade of green, Toulson and Couch kept their heads to record a personal best tally of 319.44, and the Gomersal starlet was delighted, saying: “It was amazing. It was one of the best competitions that I’ve done.

“I really enjoyed it and I’ve definitely got a lot of experience from it as well.

“I’ve learned you need to enjoy it. I really enjoyed that competition and we ended up getting a personal best together so it shows that’s important.”

The British pair remained in the hunt for a medal throughout but were unable to produce a final round dive that would have put them in the top three.

However, the experience will bode well for the pair and Couch said: “Some of the teams here have been competing together for years.

“We’ve been competing together for eight months so I didn’t want to go in panicking and we just wanted to give it our all.”