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Michael Hixon wins bronze medal at FINA World Junior Diving Championship in Australia

Amherst Regional senior Michael Hixon was one of two U.S. divers to win bronze medals Thursday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

Hixon’s medal brought the U.S. medal count to three with two days of competition remaining.

Hixon won the bronze medal on 1-meter in the boys A group (16-18 age group). The medal came a day after Newton native Gracia Leydon Mahoney won gold on 3-meter in girls group A. David Dinsmore of New Albany, Ohio, also medaled Thursday, picking up the platform bronze in boys Group B.

“It’s exciting to bring home a medal. Gracia got it started (Wednesday) night, and just like at the Olympic Games, the momentum was started for me and David to medal,” Hixon said. “The environment the team created is awesome. It’s easier to be up there just having fun.”

Hixon finished with 531.55 points, behind China’s Peng Jianfeng (551.40) and 2012 Olympian Jack Laugher of Great Britain (541.55). Hixon closed out his performance with 79.05 points – the highest scoring dive by any diver in the final – on an inward 2½ tuck that earned scores as high as 9.0 from the judges.

“I didn’t watch anyone else. I just did my best five dives. Going into my last dive, I started to think that this was my last dive at a junior competition, but then I refocused to just think about the dive,” the 18-year-old Hixon said.

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