CRYSTAL Palace Diving Club's Kyle Kothari won the Junior European Championship in Italy recently. The 16-year-old beat Russian and Norwegian opposition to prove he is the best junior platform diver in Europe. Scoring perfect 10s on his arm stand dive, he went on to win by just a 9.20-point margin over the Russian, Nikita Sheikher, and 53.15 points ahead of the third place Norwegian, Daniel Jensen. Kothari is coached by former top International Chinese diver Xiangyan Kong, who has a further five divers on national squads. Kong said: "Kyle's performance was outstanding as this was only his second international and he was one of the youngest in the competition - he has only been diving for a few years after moving from Gymnastics." Kothari will be next action at the Junior World Championships in Russia in September.
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