Knight-Wisdom looks to 2020
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
History-making Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom says he is already looking towards the 2020 Olympic Games after his semi-final series at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games yesterday.
Knight-Wisdom, who scored a combined 381.40 points on his six dives - short of his target of 400, placing him 14th - two positions outside of the qualifying spots for the final, which took place yesterday at the same venue.
The first Jamaican male to compete in Olympic diving and only the second in history says he will spend the next four years strengthening his arsenal with dives, which carry a greater degree of difficulty, while thanking the Jamaican public for their support over the past four years.
"I am disappointed because I didn't perform to the expectation that I set myself but I can be proud of what I have done, I made the Olympic semi-final in my first year and I can look forward to the next four years," said Knight-Wisdom.
"I have proved to myself that I am actually up there with the best in the world and if I can increase my degree of difficulty with the same quality of the dives I have now, which will be a lot of work, I can challenge these guys and push for a medal in the future," Knight-Wisdom said.
The British born and based diver had qualified to the semi-final with 416.55 points, which gave him 11th place in the qualifying round.
"Every time I compete I aim for 400 points, I knew this Olympics was going to be slightly lower scoring than most others because of the conditions but to be 19 short of 400 is what I'm disappointed about because anything like normal and I would have been in (the final) - comfortably as well," said Knight-Wisdom. "381 is a solid score but not quite what I was looking for."
Knight-Wisdom said he was moved by the Jamaican support over the past few years and says he is already focusing on qualifying and competing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.