Commonwealth gold for Laugher, Blagg and Gallantree

30th July 2014

England’s divers won three medals including two golds on the opening day of the diving competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

After winning the 1m Springboard prelims with 435.30, Jack Laugher dominated the final scoring a total of 449.90 to take the title.

Laugher scored over 80 points in two of his dives, earning 81.60 from the more difficult Inward 2 ½ Somersault Piked, and finished 45.05 ahead of Australian Matthew Mitcham (404.85).

Laugher said: It’s a really, really good start. Winning the prelims and then coming away with a gold medal in the final is just a fantastic feeling. I’m really, really happy.

“1m is a really good training event for the 3m. It’s a hard event but it’s not my main one, so it’s great to come away with a gold medal.

“To go over 400 points on 1m is a massive achievement, and to land so well on my inward 2 ½ piked, which is a new dive on my list, is fantastic. I think everything was just in my favour today.”

Chris Mears finished in fourth (396.20) while Freddie Woodward, who was competing at his first Commonwealth Games, finished tenth (340.05).

In the 3m Synchro, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree performed a spectacular final dive to win gold in 300.24 ahead of Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware (295.65)

The European bronze medallists scored 72.54 on the 3 ½ Somersault Piked to secure the title.

The pair said: “That was totally unexpected. I can’t believe we’ve won the gold.

“That last dive was a case of a medal or no medal.  We thought we were in fourth or fifth so to do that dive and then see the scoreboard, it was the best moment of my life.

“We have been struggling a bit with that dive in training, our timings been off, but we’ve worked really hard on it over the last couple of days so to do that dive when it really mattered is amazing.”

Gallantree added: “The crowd were absolutely incredible. They were so loud it was almost like being back at the London Olympics.”

In the morning session Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow won silver in the 10m Synchro.

The former European champions, who finished fourth at the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago, were never out of the podium positions and scored 307.92 to finish less than three points behind Canada's world silver medallists Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito (310.65).

Couch said: “We were competing against silver medallists, bronze medallists and the fourth best placed duo in the world. We thought we might come fifth so are really pleased with a silver medal.

Barrow added: “Our last dive is normally pretty good so were a little bit disappointed not to hold onto first.

“Our training wasn’t brilliant so we’re pretty pleased with a medal. We’ve got the individual tomorrow and we’re both going into it with a good chance.”