Eight divers to contest final day medals

14 Apr 2018

The final prelims session of Gold Coast 2018 diving saw eight home nation divers secure spots in the finals of the Women’s 3m and Men’s 10m and contest the medals.

Katherine Torrance (England) was back in action in the Women’s 3m Springboard on the final day of competition at the Optus Aquatics Centre after narrowly missing out on the medals in the 1m event yesterday, she was ranked fourth after the five-round prelim with a score 305.85.

Fresh from her gold medal-winning exploits last night, Grace Reid (Scotland) was back on the boards, she found her rhythm quickly and dived well across the five rounds qualifying fifth for the final with 305.15 points.

Afterwards, she commented, “I got around four hours sleep last night, which isn’t a lot, so I’m really happy with that performance.

“Last night’s medal definitely added to my confidence and has given me the mindset that I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain so this afternoon is about relaxing and enjoying it again.

“The 1m was yesterday so that’s been parked and today, like everyone else, I start from zero again, so tonight’s going to be another good battle.”

The other home nation diver competing in the Women’s 3m prelims was England’s Alicia Blagg, a strong performance with a point’s total of 287.35 and ranked seventh.

Team England was the dominant force in the Men’s 10m Platform prelims, fresh from their silver medal in the synchro event yesterday, Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams qualified for the final in first and second respectively.

Dixon scored 429.70 to lead the field in the final session of the Games, with Williams just behind in 427.25.

Aidan Heslop (Wales) continued to make history as he successfully qualified for the men’s platform title decider, the first diver to represent his nation for 20 years, he placed fifth with a score of 385.10.

Matty Lee also of Team England booked his place in this evening’s floodlit final, he clocked a total of 380.85 to rank seventh.

Lucas Thomson (Scotland) rounded off the home nation athletes in prelims action, he also secured a place in the final of the 10m Platform with a score of 321.65.