Saturday 18 August, 2018

Heat, humidity burns Jamaican chances in 1m springboard diving

Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom.

Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom failed by a whisker to make it to the final of the men’s one-metre springboard diving at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, as he finished ninth at the Aquatic Complex in Barranquilla, Colombia on Thursday's opening day of action.

The day was very hot, with temperatures around 100 degrees and humidity hovering near 70 and Knight-Wisdom said this affected his chances of a top-eight finish, which would have placed him in the final.

“The heat and the humidity was just overwhelming - 72 degrees humidity was more than I’ve ever experienced before,” said the 22-year-old British-based swimmer. “I think that had a massive effect on me, just the way my body was feeling because I’m not used to these type of temperatures for diving and it was a little bit tougher than I’ve experienced before.”

Knight-Wisdom, who created history when becoming the first male diver to represent Jamaica at the Olympics, in 2016, will return to action at the Aquatics Centre when he competes in  the men’s 3m springboard diving, on Saturday.

“The field’s strong, there’s a lot of good divers in there,” he assessed, after seeing the competition.

“I just have to execute my dives as well as possible and if I do them all well I should have no problem getting into the final. And then if that happens then who knows what can happen in the finals,” said Knight-Wisdom.

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