NZ's youngest athlete in Birmingham holds her own in diving final

Brodyn Knuckey
Source: 1News

Kiwi diver Maggie Squire - the youngest member of the New Zealand team at this year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham - has debuted with a top 10 finish in her first event after making it through to the final of her first event.

Maggie Squire performs a dive at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The 16-year-old finished 10th in the final after earlier qualifying ninth for the women's 1m springboard on Saturday morning with a combined score of 232.60 - a 28 point improvement on her qualifying effort.

Squire opened with one of her best dives of the morning, scoring 49.20 for an inward one-and-a-half somersaults.

The effort saw her sitting 11th in the field of 12 after the first round although she dropped back to 12th with two low-40s scores on her next two attempts.

Squire then leapt ahead of Malaysia's Ker Ying Ong and Kimberly Qian Ping Bong with her penultimate dive of the morning, a forward two-and-a-half somersaults which the judges awarded her a 49.40 for.

The Takapuna Grammar student then sealed her place in the top 10 with another 49.40 effort - a forward one-and-a-half somersaults with two twists.

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Canada's Mia Jolie Doucet Vallee, the top qualifier for the event, dominated the field to claim gold with a combined score of 291.85 - 12.25 points clear of silver medal winner Brittany Mae O'Brien of Australia.

Squire returned to the pool after Liam Stone opened the diving team's campaign on Friday morning with a sixth place finish in the men's 1m springboard.

She was be the first of two Kiwi diving entries contesting finals on Friday morning with Arno Lee and Luke Sipkes also contesting the men's 10m synchronised springboard.