Daley and Starling win Commonwealth medals on final day in Edinburgh

2 August 2014

Tom Daley and Hannah Starling won gold and bronze on the final night of diving at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, bringing the total number of medals secured by England’s divers to ten.

Daley successfully defended his 10m individual Platform title scoring a total of 516.55 points.

"It was just about going out there, doing the best dive I could and going out with a bang" - Tom DaleyThe Olympic silver medallist set the tone of the evening by scoring 94.50 with his opening effort before dominating the final and finishing over 80 points ahead of second place Ooi Tze Liang in silver.

Daley’s highest score of the day came from his fifth round back 3.5 somersaults piked for 102.60 points.

He said: “It was really nice to go into the last round knowing I didn’t have to do a last dive to get a medal. It was just about going out there, doing the best dive I could and going out with a bang.

“There’s still a lot more I can improve on. Some of my dives in the final didn’t go quite as well as this morning so I’ve got to make sure I am more consistent. But generally all my dives are starting to come together now and I’m really happy to have something to show for all my hard work.   

“I think British diving is in a very strong place. England has topped the medal table and it’s the most medals we have won in a Commonwealth Games. The whole team has done amazingly well and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.”

James Denny, who was competing at his first Commonwealth Games and won 10m Synchro silver with Daley yesterday, had a solid start but lost points on his third round dive to finish with a total of 397.65 for sixth place.

Matthew Dixon scored a total of 366.15 points to finish ninth at his first major International competition.

The 14-year old British champion gave an impressive performance throughout the day, with his inward 3.5 somersaults tucked effort in round four of the final scoring 81.60.

Dixon said: “The crowd has been amazing. I was a little nervous this morning as I’ve come into this with no experience of any senior competitions, but I took it in my stride and am pleased with the results.

“My main focus now is to try and develop my degree of difficulty because I’m only young and my dives are easier compared to some of the others.”   

Starling secured her first Commonwealth Games medal winning bronze in the 3m Springboard with a total points score of 3:16.95.

The 19-year old went into the final ranked fourth and performed consistently throughout her programme to finish behind Canadian Jennifer Abel (324.70) in silver and Australian Esther Qin (347.25) in gold.

"To finally have an individual medal on a stage as big as this is just amazing for me" - Hannah StarlingStarling’s highest scoring dive came in round five where she was awarded 67.50 for her forward 2.5 somersaults 1 twist piked.

The Leeds-based diver said: “I’m really, really happy with that. I did not expect a medal at all.

“I had no idea where I was in the points going into my last dive but I still wanted to do one good last dive to show I can dive as well as I can.

“I usually come fourth but this time I was the right side of the points so finally I’ve medalled in the event that I specialise in.

“This was my first Commonwealth Games and my first Commonwealth 3m final. To finally have an individual medal on a stage as big as this is just amazing for me.”

Alicia Blagg had a solid opening dive and received 71.30 for her third round effort – the forward 3.5 somersaults piked - but wasn’t able to keep up the momentum and slipped to seventh with a final score of 300.95. Teammate Rebecca Gallantree scored a total of 292.20 for tenth place.

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