In the cut-throat world of an Olympic Games, one mistake can be fatal and Grace Reid learned that the hard way in Tokyo. 

The Edinburgh diver was knocked out of the women’s 3m springboard heats after a costly error on her second dive ended her hopes of reaching the semi-finals. 

She almost recovered to qualify in the top 18 but had to settle for 19th place, which means she’s a reserve for Saturday’s competition. 

It’s a bitterly disappointing result for Reid, who reached the final in Rio in five years ago and won the Commonwealth Games title in 2018.

“It is massively frustrating, I am very frustrated and it is not the result I was looking for. I made a massive mistake in the session and fought all the way to the end but it just wasn’t enough,” she said. 

“The depth in my event is so strong and you can’t afford to make a mistake like that when girls are diving at that level.   

“There are some positives from the last dive but for now the glaring thing is the second dive cost me a place in the semi-final and it is just frustrating I was not able to showcase what I wanted to.” 

Reid scored just 35.65 for her second dive – a forward 3 ½ somersault in pike position – which is about 20 points short of what she would have liked.

Her other four dives were solid but a combined score of 268.15 did not get the job done, although she did finish as the top Brit after Scarlett Mew Jensen finished  

It completes a disappointing Games for the 25-year-old after she and Kat Torrance finished sixth in the synchronised final. 

“I am so sorry that is what I had to show for the work everyone has put in behind me, it is not what I wanted but I appreciate the support.”  

“It has been so special, it is a wonder these Games went ahead so safe as they are. This will go down in the history books and to be part of Team GB is such an honour.”

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