AUGUST 13 - A ROW over the standard of judging at the Olympics in Beijing spread to the Water Cube today.



Britain complained that divers Nick Robinson-Baker and Benjamin Swain (pictured) should have been placed higher in the three metre springboard event.


They finished seventh in a competition won deservedly by China's Feng Wang and Kai Qin.


The protests were led by Leon Taylor, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist who is now commentating for BBC TV, acting as a mentor of Tom Daley and working as an ambassador for Olympic sponsor Atos Origin.


He said: "I really did feel them as they did well in their competition today but in my mind should have finished fourth, not seventh.

"The judging was not a fair reflection on how they dived and there are pairs that are being looked on more favourably over this diving competition, which also happened to our women who finished eighth earlier this week.

"That's one of the problems with diving.


"I witnessed it throughout my career and no one knows those frustrations as much as I do.


"In Sydney in 2000, Peter Waterfield and I missed out on the bronze medal due to judging but it's a subjective sport and discrepancies are always going to be problem."


Steve Foley, Britain's performance, claimed that the judges were awarding marks to divers with a bigger reputation than Robinson-Baker and Swain and because they had more support in the crowd.


He said: "There have been a lot of glaring errors.


"You expect some but not as many as this.


"I don't understand how they can get a three and a half and a seven for the same dive."


Yesterday there was complaints from the British camp after boxer Joe Murray was controversially beaten in the first round of the bantamweight competition by China's Yu Gu.



Australian shooter Russell Marks also claimed that in the double trap event a Chinese competitor Hu Binyuan was credited with a hit that he had missed and went on to win the bronze medal.