Jamaican diver Knight-Wisdom qualifies for Olympics with top-12 finish at 2021 FINA Diving World Cup

By May 06, 2021

Yona Knight-Wisdom became the latest Jamaican athlete to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan this summer.

Knight-Wisdom, 25, qualified after finishing 12th in the 3m Springboard at the FINA 2021 FINA Diving World Cup that concluded in Tokyo, Japan today. He scored 383.70 points in the finals of the competition that was won by Germany’s Martin Wolfram who scored 467.75 points.

The silver medal went to the Jamaican’s training partner, Great Britain’s James Heatly (461.25) while Frenchman Alexis Jandrad took the bronze medal with 434.25 pts.

Despite not winning a medal, Knight-Wisdom said he was proud of his achievement and praised both his coach Jen Leeming and Heatly.

“As proud as I am for what I’ve done this week, I definitely can’t take full credit,” he said on Instagram at the conclusion of the competition. “What @coachleeming has done for my diving and for our entire squad at home over the past 12 months through the lockdowns and setbacks, is nothing short of heroic.

“Thanks so much for helping me rediscover how to dive with confidence even at times when my belief wavered, your belief and energy kept me accountable every day.”

He credited Heatly in setting the “standard of quality, which I constantly strive towards, proven by three immense performances under pressure and a silver medal at the end of it.”

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