Plymouth divers's appeal over admission from individual 10m platform event at Olympics to be heard

An appeal against Tonia Couch's omission from the individual 10 metre platform event at the London Olympics is to be heard today.

The 23 year old from Plymouth has been selected to compete in the alongside Sarah Barrow in the platform synchro but missed out on the individual event after Team GB performance director Alexei Evangulov opted for Monique Gladding.

British Swimming can confirm an appeal by Tonia Couch for non-selection in the 10m individual platform event at the London 2012 Olympic Games has been granted leave to appeal.

A hearing by an independent panel will be held in due course

– Statement from British Swimming
Tonia (right) will compete alongside Sarah Barrow in the platform synchro Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The appeal will be heard in London ahead of the JUly 6th deadline for all Olympic athletes to be selected for their respective sports.

The news of a date will give Tonia hopes of overturning Team GB performance director Alexei Evangulov's decision to pick Monique Gladding in place of the popular and successful Plymothian.

British Diving confirmed their 12-strong squad for the Olympics earlier this month. Following the announcement, Tonia tweeted:


Picked 4 syncro but not for individual.I dived my socks off with a PB and came 2nd,had the best year yet not been picked for 2012 #gutted

The decision will no doubt have come as a shock to Tonia who beat Gladding into third place at the British Gas Diving Championships earlier this month.