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Newbery aims to put disappointments behind him

23 July 2002

Australia’s Robert Newbery hopes to put his disappointing showing in the recent World Cup behind him.

Robert Newbery

Newbury will have to dive his best for a gold

Newbery finished sixth in the 10-metre platform event in Seville, Spain, last month, when he was beaten by two of his Commonwealth Games rivals, Peter Waterfield of England who finished fourth, and Alexandre Despatie of Canada who was fifth.

Newbery said: “In Spain, the individual three metre was a bit of a disaster because on one of my dives I had a bit of a knee buckle, which was a one-off,” of his 28th place finish in that competition.”

He is confident the experience won’t affect his performance at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

“I’m diving the way I usually dive in training. You’ve just got to go into the competition being optimistic and believing in your own abilities,” he said.

Newbery, who is competing in the one-metre and three-metre springboard and 10-metre highboard events, already has a bronze and silver medal from the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. He hopes to complete the set this time round.

“It would be nice to have a gold, silver and bronze, but I’m going to have to dive fairly well here to get a gold because there’s some stiff competition,” he said.

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