Silver for Blagg and Torrance

11 Apr 2018

On the opening day of the diving at Gold Coast 2018 Team England’s Alicia Blagg and Kat Torrance claimed silver in the Women’s 3m Synchro.

After the opening rounds of required dives, where each synchro pair must complete two dives with a 2.0 degree of difficulty, the English pair were ranked first.

Blagg and Torrance’s highest-scoring dive, a forward 2½ somersaults 1 twist in the pike position with a DD of 3.0, came in the third round of the final and achieved a total of 64.80.

Rounds three and four actually saw the pair drop out of the medals and into fourth, however, dropped dives by pairs from Australia and Canada in the final round, coupled with a composed fifth dive the English pair moved into silver medal position.

Their final score was 276.90. Following the medal ceremony, Blagg, who was the Glasgow 2014 Champion said: “It’s honestly a bit surreal, we’ve not really trained together as I live in Miami and Kat lives in Leeds so this is the only time we’ve had together.

“We weren’t expecting anything, so to come away with a silver medal is like ‘Oh My God!’ We are really happy”

Torrance added: “At the end of the day it’s about who can hold their nerve and keep their heads and today it just happened to be us.

“It’s about keeping your focus, getting your spot and not worrying about anyone else.

“We obviously wanted to do well but we didn’t have any expectations.”

The other medals went to the host nation pair of Esther Qin and Georgia Sheehan with a score of 284.10, and bronze to Mun Yee Leong and Bur Dhabitah Sabri of Malaysia with 264.90.

The Men’s 1m prelims also took place overnight and saw five home nation divers in action with all through to the final later today.

Olympic silver medallist Jack Laugher (England) was the topped the rankings after six rounds with a score of 399.80. Scotland’s James Heatly was third after the prelims with a score of 366.05.

Englishmen and brothers Ross and Jack Haslam with ranked fourth and ninth, with Scotland’s Lucas Thomson 11th.

Tune in here at 10 am (UK time) to watch Men’s 1m Final plus the Women’s Platform Synchro Final with England’s Lois Toulson and Robyn Birch.