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Great Britain's Lois Toulson on her way to gold in the platform final. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Ilia Molchanov and Nikita Nikolaev of Russia compete the Men's Diving Synchronised 3m Springboard final on day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Dominika Bak of Poland competes in the Diving Women's 3m Springboard Preliminary during day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Frithjof Seidel of Germany competes in the Men's 1m Springboard Preliminary Round during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 20: Abel Ligart of Hungary competes during the Men's 3m Springboard diving preliminary round during day eight of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 20, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Matthew Lee of Great Britain competes in the Diving Men's Platform Preliminary during day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Anne Vilde Tuxen of Norway competes in the Diving Women's 3m Springboard Preliminary during day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: An athlete waits anxiously for the results in the Diving Men's Platform Preliminary during day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 20: Hrvoje Brezovac of Croatia competes during the Men's 3m Spirngborad diving preliminary round during day eight of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 20, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Caroline Lecoeur of France competes in the Women's 1m Springboard diving during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Malvian Catalano Gonzaga of Italy competes in the Women's 1m Springboard diving during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Ruslan Adriano Cristofori of Italy competes in the Men's 1m Springboard Final during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Ellen Ek of Sweden competes in the Women's Diving Platform Preliminary during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Yulia Timoshinina of Russia competes in the Women's Diving Platform Preliminary during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Anna Taciak of Poland competes in the Women's Diving Platform Preliminary during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Julie Synnoeve Thorsen of Norway competes in the Women's Diving Platform Preliminary during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Anne Vilde Tuxen of Norway competes in the Women's Diving Platform Preliminary during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Nikita Shleikher of Russia competes in the Men's 1m Springboard Preliminary Round during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 18: Ilia Molchanov of Russia competes in the Men's 1m Springboard Preliminary Round during day six of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 18, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 20: (L-R) Silver medalist Ruslan Adriano Crisofori of Italy, gold medalist James Heatly of Great Britain and Ilia Molchanov of Russia pose with the medals won during the Men's Diving 3m Springboard final during day eight of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 20, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: (L-R) Silver medalists James Heatly and Ross Haslam of Great Britain, gold medalists Ilia Molchanov and Nikita Nikolaev of Russia and bronze medalists Firthjof Siedel and Nico Herzog of Germany pose on the medal podium for the Men's Diving 3m Synchronised Final during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: (L-R) Silver medalist Louisa Stawczynski of Germany, gold medalist Maria Polykova of Russia and bronze medalist Diana Shelestyuk of Ukraine pose on the medal podium following the Women's Diving 1m Springboard Final during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Baku Aquatics Centre on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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A review of Diving at the Baku 2015 European Games

The Russians had an air of invincibility about them before the Diving competition begun at the Baku 2015 European Games, but Great Britain had other ideas.

The Brits finished on four gold medals compared to Russia's three, with team leader Julian Bellan attributing the success to his charges' mental toughness.

Matthew Lee capped a wonderful four days for the British team by taking platform gold on the last night, straight after team-mate Katherine Torrance had won the women's 3m springboard.

Add James Heatly's victory in the men's 3m springboard and Lois Toulson in the women's platform, and it was a case of Britannia ruling the pool.

In total, Britain won four golds, one silver and a bronze, while Russia went home with three gold medals, five silver and one bronze. Germany won the only other gold through women's synchro 3m pair Saskia Oettinghaus and Louisa Stawczynski.

Pre-Games all the smart money was on Russia's Ilia Molchanov to win three gold medals in 1m and 3m springboard and 3m synchro, but it wasn't to be the case as the pressure got to him on the crucial final dive.

The poster boy, with RUS shaved into the side of his head, ended up with one medal of each colour.

Russia's Yulia Timoshinina was expected to win the women's platform but she finished fifth, with 15-year-old Toulson taking gold.

Heatly finished with 3m gold, synchro silver and bronze in the 1m springboard.

The best was saved to last, though, as Torrance clinched gold in the 3m springboard with her final dive.


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