South African diver Julia Vincent finished in a respectable 9th place in the 3m Springboard finals, at the World Aquatic Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Friday, 9 February, 2024.
The result sees her finish better in the competition that runs form 2-18 January 2024, than she did in last year’s event in Japan, where she ended 10th place.
On Thursday, Vincent put in some quality performances showing how her experience helped her maintain a high standard of competition. Yani Chang of China took home the gold medal, her fellow countrywomen Yiwen Chen secured silver, while Korea’s Suji Kim won bronze.
On Sunday the action in the pool gets underway, with a host of South African swimmers taking to the water over the next few days. One of those swimmers will be Lara van Niekerk. She will be participating in the 50m and 100m breaststroke in Qatar.
“I have been really happy with the training block over the past few months. I have stayed healthy which has been a real win for me, and so I am excited to see how the preparation translates into racing,” said Van Niekerk on swims.org.
With 2024 being an Olympic year, this year’s participants in Doha find a themselves in a strange position taking part in a World Aquatics Championships. The event is making up for missed events during the COVID-19 pandemic hence it taking place now. Van Niekerk feels this competition is great preparation for the Olympics.
“Although this is very early in the season, we have known about it for a while and so started making adjustments after worlds last year already.
“I love racing and both my coach and I thought it would be great preparation for Paris, and it will help us see what needs to be tweaked leading up to the Games,” added the 20-year-old on swimsa.org.
Van Niekerk says getting a medal in her discipline will be wonderful but she has her sight set on improving her PB’s.
“Of course, I would love a podium finish this time, but the field is really strong so I am just focusing on my own times and seeing if I can lower my own PBs.”
Photo caption: South African diver Julia Vincent finished in a respectable 9th place in the 3m Springboard finals at the World Aquatic Championships in Doha, Qatar in the competition that runs form 2-18 January 2024. Photo: Screengrab of SwimSouthAfrica video on Instagram