Knight-Wisdom wins first Grand Prix medal, targets greater improvement

By February 18, 2020

Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom has expressed delight at having won his first-ever Grand Prix medal at the FINA Grand Prix at the Centro de Natación M’86 in Madrid on Saturday.

Knight-Wisdom, the 2019 Pan Am Games silver medallist, scored 373.5 points in the preliminary round to advance to the semi-finals where he upped the ante to score 428.45 to qualify for the finals. He then scored 441.40 points to finish second and claimed his first medal in the competition after seven years of trying.

USA's Briadam Herrera won the gold medal while his compatriot Steele Johnson secured the bronze medal.

Jamaica's aquatic diver of the year 2019, was chuffed with the outcome.

“I’m super happy to come away from this trip with a silver medal!” he told Sportsmax.TV, explaining that the work he has been putting has been paying off.

“It’s a great reward for the hard work that I’ve put in so far and a big incentive to do even more. I still have room to improve on the quality of each dive but in particular, my prelim performance can be better.”

Having broken through, Knight-Wisdom plans to focus on getting even better as he gets ever closer to the FINA World Championships in April where he intends to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in July.

“I know I’m capable of scores of 420-plus as I proved in the semi and final, but I want to get closer to that kind of score in the prelims as well,” he said.

“Nevertheless, it’s a great way to start my international season. I’m still on the right path and looking forward to another run out this week in Rostock.”

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