Sarah Barrow

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Sarah Barrow
Lizzie Armitstead, Sarah Barrow and Alicia Blagg.jpg
Lizzie Armitstead, Sarah Barrow and Alicia Blagg
Personal information
Born (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 29)
Plymouth, England [1]
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)[1]
Club Plymouth Diving
Coached by 2010 onwards Andy Banks [2]

Sarah Barrow (born 22 October 1988) is a British diver who competed in several LEN European Aquatics Championships and Commonwealth Games, where she won multiple medals.


Sarah Barrow was born on 22 October 1988.[7]

She competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the 10 m synchro event with Monique Gladding.[8] The team finished in fifth.[8] She competed in the same event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, this time with Tonia Couch.[8] They finished fourth, and replicated this result at the 2011 European Championships.[8]

She won the gold medal at the 2012 European Championships at the 10 metre synchro event, with Tonia Couch.[3] They scored a then personal best of 319.56 points, beating the Ukrainian pair by 8.88 points.[3] This was the first European medal awarded to female British divers in 74 years.[3] The team of Barrow and Couch had finished in 4th at the preceding World Championships in 2011.[3]

Barrow represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in 10 m platform synchro event with Tonia Couch, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in the 10 m platform individual event.[9][10]

The team of Barrow and Couch were unable to defend their European title in 2013, finishing with a silver medal.[5] That year, Barrow finished fourth in the individual 10 m platform event at the World Championships.[8]

In 2014, she won Commonwealth silver in the 10 m synchro event, with Tonia Couch.[6] That year, she also finished 4th in the individual 10 m at the World Championships, the best result ever for a British woman.[11] At the European Championships in that year, she won the gold medal in the individual 10 m event, the first individual European gold medal for a British woman in 87 years (1927), and first individual medal of any colour since 1958.[4]

She and Couch were split up by British coaches in the synchro event in early 2016, after Barrow had struggled with shin injuries and a non-cancerous tumour.[12][11] This was despite the fact that Barrow and Couch had been the pair who secured GB's Olympic place in the 10 m synchro event.[13]

Later career and retirement

She retired after the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she placed in fifth place with Couch in the 10m synchro.[11] For the last 6 years of her 13-year career, she trained at Plymouth Diving Club.[2] She also studied Sport Science at Leeds Metropolitan University.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Sarah Barrow's profile page". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Former European champion Sarah Barrow retires from competitive diving". ASA Diving Sport Hub. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "BBC Sport – London 2012: Tonia Couch & Sarah Barrow win Euro gold". BBC Online. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "European Championships: Sarah Barrow wins diving gold". BBC Sport. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow earn European diving silver". BBC Sport. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Glasgow 2014 – Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Final". Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Sarah Barrow's profile page". British Swimming. Archived from the original on June 1, 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Sarah Barrow profile | England Diving". ASA Diving Sport Hub. 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2017-10-11. 
  9. ^ "Sarah Barrow". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Results – Womens 10m Platform – Diving – Rio 2016 – Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c "Sarah Barrow: Olympic diver and Commonwealth medallist retires at 27". BBC Sport. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "Tonia Couch says synchro split with Sarah Barrow 'wasn't great'". BBC Sport. 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Rio 2016: Tonia Couch & Sarah Barrow secure sixth berth for Olympics". BBC Sport. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "Sarah Barrow profile". BBC Sport. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
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