‘Worst dive’ brings Knight-Wisdom silver surprise

By August 03, 2019
Jamaican diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom Jamaican diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom

Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom’s silver medal in the 1-metre springboard event at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru may not have been a complete surprise, but the dive he used to get him on the podium was.

Knight-Wisdom, posted a video of a backward triple from the three-metre diving board, saying it was crazy to think this was his worst dive in the not-too-distant past.

“Can we just take a minute to appreciate that his used to be my worst dive on 3M,” said Knight-Wisdom.

The dive gave Knight-Wisdom 81.6 points on the 1-metre board, with one judge scoring it as a nine.

Those points went a long way to helping Knight-Wisdom, Jamaica’s first Olympic diver, to 429.90 overall points and a silver medal.

“Someone tell me how that’s possible please,” said Knight-Wisdom, who takes on the 3-metre event today.

Knight-Wisdom received congratulations from the Jamaica Olympic Association and minister of sport, Olivia Grange.

Grange said: Yona himself said his silver medal was a fitting gift for Jamaica on Emancipation Day and on behalf of the nation I wish to thank him for his historic performance.”

Knight-Wisdom is the first diver to ever win a medal at the Pan Am games for Jamaica.

Another medal came Jamaica’s way at the Pan Am games through an unlikely source, as super heavyweight boxer, one of the few from the island, Ricardo Brown, mined bronze.

This wasn’t the first-ever for Jamaica, but it is the first in 16 years.

The Jamaica Olympic Association and Jamaican trainer Dewith Frazer, were credited with helping to achieve the feat, as the two came together to put on a one-month training camp for Brown in the United States that went a long way to making him more prepared.

"At that gym, Ricardo was able to work with boxers in his weight class and this helped him a great deal because in Jamaica there is a scarcity of boxers in that weight category,” said Leroy Brown, Jamaica Boxing Board General Secretary.

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