Blagg and Torrance win synchro silver in 2018 Commonwealth GamesApril 11, 2018
Alicia Blagg and Kat Torrance became England’s first diving medallists of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The City of Leeds duo won silver in the 3m synchro competition with a score of 276.90.
Their Forward 2½ Somersaults 1 Twist gave them their highest score of 64.80. Their fifth and final dive, the Back 2½ Somersaults scored 60.30.
In a competition blighted by errors from their competitors, Glasgow champion Blagg, and her new synchro partner Torrance held their nerves to take second place, despite only having trained together for two weeks prior to competition.
Blagg 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 really great. 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 Australian pairing of Esther Qin and Georgia Sheehan took the gold medal with 284.10 points overall. Malaysia’s Mun Yee Leong and Nur Dhabitah Sabri won bronze with 264.90 points.
Laugher and Haslam brothers through to 1m spingboard final
Earlier in the session reigning champion Jack Laugher, along with brothers Jack and Ross Haslam, all qualified for the 1m springboard final.
Laugher came out on top of the preliminary session scoring 399.80, with Ross Haslam in fourth with 363.75 and Jack ninth with 305.40.
Laugher’s best dive came in round four. His Inward 2½ Somersaults scored 76.50, with his final dive, a Forward 2½ Somersaults 1 Twist scoring 62.40.
“It is always hard when all you can see outside is blue. But we’ve been here for a while and we’ve adjusted. I thought five out of those six divers were pretty good and I’m pretty happy with that. I’m excited for the finals.”
The 1m springboard medals will be decided this evening followed by the women’s synchro 10m platform final featuring Robyn Birch and Lois Toulson.