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Feet on the ground - Knight-Wisdom

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Yona Knight-Wisdom

Months after competing at the FINA Diving World Cup, where he claimed an impressive silver medal, Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom has returned to the scene of his success, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After finishing 17th in qualifying to confirm his qualification to the Olympic Games, Knight-Wisdom returned to the final to gain 459.25 points for second place behind Mexico's Rommel Pacheco (504.40) and ahead of USA's Kristian Ipsen (457.60)

Despite that success, which came against the same divers he will face here at the Olympic Games and in the same facility - the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, Knight-Wisdom is keeping his feet on the ground and isn't putting too much into that result.

The 20-year-old, who arrived in Rio from his Florida Pre-Olympic training base on Thursday morning, is about to become the first Jamaican man to compete in diving at the Olympic Games, when he lines up in the 3m springboard event.

"What I can take from that experience is the fact that I enjoy diving in that pool and take the good memories and use that and hopefully build on that," said Knight-Wisdom.


Greater role


However, he isn't expecting his silver medal performance the last time he dived in this city to play any greater role in improving his chances or giving him any advantage over the other competitors in the event here.

"It's a completely different event here, its nothing like the World Cup, it's so much more hectic, there's so much more going on and stuff, so I wouldn't really use that because it wont be the same at all," he said.

"Also all the athletes I'll be competing with in my event all competed in the World Cup in February anyway so we've all got the same amount of experience in this pool, some even a little bit more having come here for training camps so I don't think it makes too much difference," added Knight-Wisdom, who underlined that he is excited to be taking the plunge in history.

"It's a huge honour to be among the over 10,000 athletes competing here at the Olympics, that in itself is a huge honour for me and to be representing Jamaica as one of only 63 athletes is very special to me," said Knight-Wisdom.

"I'm glad to be a part of this team, I'm surrounded by some incredible athletes and I'm looking forward to the experience."