Laugher and Dingley win Commonwealth medals

31st July 2014

Jack Laugher and Oliver Dingley secured two more medals for Team England in the 3m Springboard on the second day of the diving competition at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Laugher set the bar high with a big opening dive, scoring 88.40 for his forward 2.5 somersaults 2 twists piked. He continued to hold on to top position until the penultimate dive where he dropped points on the high tariff forward 4.5 somersaults tucked.
The 19-year old, who won 1m Springboard gold yesterday, wasn’t able to catch Ooi Tze Liang of Malaysia with his final effort. He scored a total of 449.70 to finish behind Liang (457.60) and win silver.
He said: “If you had told me four years ago that I was going to come here and get a gold and a silver medal I wouldn’t have believed you.
“This year my 3m has been absolutely fantastic, I came away with various medals over the World Series my first ever World Cup medal as well.
“I had hoped it would be my year here as well but the silver medal is still fantastic. They guy who came first gave a storming performance and I made some mistakes as well so I’m still really happy. It’s a good achievement.”
Oliver Dingley performed consistently throughout the final to win bronze with 425.20 points.  
The Southend-based diver scored over 70 on each of his three high tariff dives with his opening forward 2.5 somersault 2 twists piked scoring 79.90.
Dingley said: “Every diver aims for their best so I always knew it was a possibility to get a medal but it feels absolutely amazing to win bronze.
“I had a good prelim this morning. I dropped my last dive which put me down in eighth but that meant I could apply pressure on the rest in the final.
“In this field if you miss a dive it’s very hard to come back but luckily I kept focus, took one dive at a time and slowly brought it back to third.”
James Denny scored a total 410.90 to finish in sixth in his first Commonwealth Games.
In the 10m Platform Tonia Couch led the English divers with a fifth place finish.
Couch, who combined with Sarah Barrow to win 10m Synchro silver yesterday, scored a total of 335.70.
After over reaching and dropping points on her inward 3.5 somersaults tucked the Plymouth-based diver recovered well to perform two solid final dives at the end, the highest of which scored 72.00.
A disappointed Couch said: “I made myself forget about that dive and did what I had to do and am pleased I finished on a really good dive. I'm gutted not to have finished higher but yesterday I walked away with a silver so I'll keep smiling.
“The girls that came first, second and third today dived really well.
"Yesterday we weren't expecting the medal so we were so happy and today I'm happy and I'll keep my head held high because the rest of my dives were good today.”
Sarah Barrow finished ninth with a total of 315.80 points. She said: "The individual is always hard for me because I put so much effort into synchro. But I'm pretty pleased with the performance.
“Women's 10m is always a tough competition and we've got some of the best divers in the world in the Commonwealth Games. Tonia and I have both been up there before but I was just a little bit flat today.
“Mid-way through the season I had an operation on my leg so I'm pretty happy that I've managed to keep diving and to get that silver medal yesterday.”
Victoria Vincent finished tenth after a good performance in her first senior international competition.
The 13-year old scored a total of 299.50 with her highest tariff dive scoring 63.00 on her final effort.
Vincent said: "I'm really happy with my performance today. I could have dived better but at the end of the day I'm at the Commonwealth Games at the age of 13. I just wanted to do the dives really well and was a bit nervous at the start but really excited at the same time. I really wanted my dives to go right and they did. I think the fact that I haven't got a high DD on my dives yet means I'm just behind. Next year I'll hopefully be learning harder dives."
"Going to the Olympics is my dream but I'll have to wait and see whether I can make it. Being here has been a great experience. I've learned so much and I've had so much fun and I suppose that's what I came here to do."