Toulson takes platform bronze

12 Apr 2018

World Championship medallist and Team England diver Lois Toulson claimed England’s second diving medal of the day with a bronze in the Women’s 10m Platform.

Toulson’s medal is the first female platform medal at a Commonwealth Games for Team England since 1974.

After a shaky start to the final that saw Toulson drop from third to last in round two, she clawed her way back into the medals over the remaining three rounds, to finish with a score of 344.20.

Lois’ inward three and a half somersaults in tuck, scored her 81.60 and put her right back into medal contention.

In the final round Toulson scored 76.80 with a back two and a half somersaults one and a half twists sealed the third place finish aided by dropped dives from the Malaysian athletes.

The silver medal went to the Glasgow 2014 champion, Meghan Benfeito of Canada, her score totalled 344.20 and gold went to Australia’s Melissa Wu with 360.40 points.

After the result was confirmed Toulson said: “I really wasn’t expecting a medal at all, I just wanted dive well and I’m really pleased with how that final went.

“I had to just put my dropped dive aside and focus on the remaining three rounds and it worked.

“It was a tough field out their today so to come away with that result, I’m really really pleased.”

Robyn Birch (England) finished the final in eighth place with a score of 308.40 and Scotland’s Gemma McArthur was placed 12th and a point’s total of 263.05.