August 2, 2014
Australia edge gold in diving thriller at Edinburgh Royal Commonwealth Pool
By Paul Osborne at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in
Australian duo Matthew Mitcham and Domonic Bedggood secured Commonwealth Games gold in the men's synchronised 10 metre platform, beatingg England poster boy Tom Daley and partner James Denny in an agonisingly close final here today.
With just four pairings competing in the final of the synchronised 10 metre platform, medals were set to be awarded to just the two frontrunners come the final dive, with the usual bronze medal withdrawn under Commonwealth Games Federation regulations.
The contest was wide open come the fourth dive as just 10 points separated the four teams.
Malaysia took a commanding lead through the fourth as Ooi Tze Liang, who took gold in the 3m springboard, and partner Chew Yiwei broke the 80 point mark while Australia, Canada and England over-cooked their dives to land in the low 60s and high 50s.
Daley and Denny then looked to have thrown themselves out of contention with their fifth scoring just 64.26 to sit bottom of the pile, however, a near-perfect sixth scored an incredible 95.46 to place them on the verge of gold.
This left it down to the Australians final dive and, despite the growing tension around the pool, the pair pulled out an 88.56 to finish first by just 0.18 points.
Both Malaysia and Canada plunged down the standings come the end of the contest, partly down to the brilliant dives from the top two pairings, and partly due to the low difficulty ratings of their final dives, which were 3.2 apiece compared to the 3.6 and 3.7 of the Australians and English.
England and Australia claimed yet more silverware in the synchronised 3m springboard as Jack Laugher recovered from his disappointing silver in the individual 3m to seal gold alongside partner Chris Mears.
Despite Mitcham and partner Grant Nel taking a first dive lead, the English duo of Laugher and Mears dominated the event, topping the bill in four of the six dives to finish 28.80 points clear with a combined score of 431.94.
Australia finished comfortably in second as they totalled 403.14, while another English pairing, Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward took the bronze on 364.41.
The only individual event of the day was won by Canada's Jennifer Abel as she fended off an Australian charge to take gold in the women's 1m springboard.
Consistency was the recipe for success for the Canadian, and a splash of misfortune for Australia's Maddison Keeney, as she took gold with a total of 287.25.
Despite a disappointing start, Keeney looked to be on the charge come the latter stages of the competition and was en route to gold moving into the fourth dive.
A penalty deduction of 2.0 points for a restart cost her dearly on the fourth, however, as she scored just 42 to drop 14 points behind in second.
A valiant effort saw the Australian close the gap to just 5.30 after the final dive, however, it was too little too late for the Aussie as she was forced to settle for silver.
Behind her came fellow Australian Esther Qin as she scored 278.65 for the bronze.
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