Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Eddie hoping for Splash! success

Designer Linda Barker is the only woman in the Splash! final

Veteran Olympian Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards will be vying for glory again when he takes part in the final of diving talent show Splash!.

The former ski jumper came top of the leader board in the semi-finals, achieving the first 10 of the series from judge Jo Brand for his one-and-a-half somersault dive - and a nearly-perfect 9.5 from both Team GB diving coach Andy Banks and former Olympic diving medallist Leon Taylor.

Jo described it as "amazing" and asked Edwards: "Is there anything you can't do?".

When told he was through to the final, Eddie grinned and shouted: "Yes!".

Interior designer Linda Barker also stormed through into the finals, the only woman to do so. Before carrying out her inward dive with tuck, she said it was "incredibly scary" to be diving from the 10 metre board, but was rewarded for her bravery with a score of 25.5.

The pair will be competing against actor Jake Canuso, who won the "splash-off" between him, sports presenter Charlotte Jackson and comic Omid Djalili, despite saying he was put off his final dive after becoming "confused" by the studio lights.

The handstand dive was enough to put him in the top three, however.

Next Saturday's final will see the contestants perform a synchronised dive with Olympic bronze medallist and competition mentor Tom Daley, before one of them is voted the overall winner.

One contestant who failed to make a splash was Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, who pulled out of the competition due to an injury, despite qualifying for the semi-final.

Describing himself as being in a lot of pain, he added: "I want to be a world champion one day. I've got to think about that more than anything."

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