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Calvert springs to British title

Published 07/02/2009

Teenager Charles Calvert produced the best display of his fledgling career to claim the men's three-metre springboard title at the British Diving Championships in Sheffield.

The 18-year-old belied his junior status to surprise Beijing Olympian Ben Swain, 22, who was left to settle for second - 37.9 points behind his rival.

Calvert showed impressive composure and technique during the final, breaking 70 points in all but one of his six dives.

His impeccably-performed reverse two-and-a-half somersaults half-twist final dive not only sealed victory, but also snuck him seven points past the 1,200-point qualification criteria mark for July's World Championships in Rome.

"I knew it was possible (to reach the qualification criteria) on the last dive, but I just blocked it out and worried about the dive," he said.

"I was extremely nervous. My hands were shaking and I was going through a few breathing techniques I have been working on with my coach.

"I knew I could do it. The diving board is my house."

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