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Matthew Lee impresses as young Turk edges through

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Matthew Lee of Great Britain looked strong in the morning's preliminary round. Robert Prezioso/Getty Images
Fifteen-year-old Kivanc Gur squeezes into the final of the men's platform

While all eyes were on the battle between Great Britain and Russia in the men's platform preliminary, Turkish diver Kivanc Gur was waiting in the wings to find out if he had qualified for the biggest final of his young life.

"I was so nervous my legs and hands were shaking. It was a terrible moment," Gur said. "I knew there was a chance I would qualify for the final, but because I fell down in the arm-stand double back somersault I had two points cut. I was lucky to qualify."

As the 15-year-old celebrated poolside after learning that he had qualified in 12th position for the final of his biggest championship, he added: "I will do it better. I think seventh or sixth, that is my goal.

"I will try for the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, which will be my only goal now after this."

Briton Matthew Lee dominated the top of the leaderboard until his final dive, when he failed to achieve a high score for his more difficult reverse 3.5 somersault, enabling Russian Nikita Shleikher to qualify in first place.

The final takes place at 20:00 after the women's 3m springboard final, with the British duo of Katherine Torrance and Lydia Rosenthall in good form after the morning's qualifying round. 


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