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Commonwealth Games: Dan Goodfellow wins 3m springboard gold in top 3 for all of England

Host: Birmingham Events: July 28th to August 8th
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Dan Goodfellow won his first singles gold at the Commonwealth Games, topping an all-English top 3 in the men’s 3m springboard final.

Jordan Houlden took silver while Jack Laugher – the event’s defending champion – overcame his previous nerves to take bronze.

Other medals came for England in the women’s synchronized 10m platform final, with Eden Cheng and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix winning silver and Robyn Birch and Emily Martin winning bronze.

The victory gave 25-year-old Goodfellow his first major title after winning Olympic, World and European medals in synchro competition. He finished with 484.45 points.

“It’s a great feeling,” he told ` Sport. “I’ve had a pretty tough year so getting a result here means everything.

“I’m just overjoyed.”

Houlden, 24, finished 19.30 points behind Goodfellow while Laugher – already a two-time gold medalist with the Birmingham Commonwealths – was another 2.85 points behind. Scot James Heatly was fourth.

Goodfellow decided to go solo in early 2022 after years of synchro success, winning 10m platform gold at the 2018 games with Tom Daley and bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Speaking of individual competitions, he said: “It feels great. I’m really enjoying my diving at the moment and it feels good to do it alone.

“I really enjoy training alone and competing in the events alone. We boys all live in Yorkshire so we couldn’t ask for better from a double win for the Yorkshire boys.”

More medals for Team England

Cheng and Spendolini-Sirieix left late for the medals after looking out of contention until their penultimate jump that propelled them from sixth to fourth place.

But after a disastrous final jump from their Canadian opponents, an opportunity opened up – and they took it.

They scored 76.80 on their last attempt, the highest score awarded in the final to earn silver, and finished 7.14 points behind Australian winners Charli Petrov and Melissa Wu.

Petrov, just 14, was not yet born when her 30-year-old partner made her Commonwealth debut in 2006.

After her, it is the second medal for 17-year-old Spendolini-Sirieix at the games won gold in the individual event.

“I’m really proud of us as a team. I’m so blown away by how incredibly loud and supportive the audience is. We did a really good job,” she said.

“Celebrating with Eden and then seeing Robyn and Emily come over and celebrate with us is a very special moment.

“Sport is so beautiful. You compete against each other, but at the end of the day you’re one big family. I’m really proud of everyone.”

Birch and Martin, on the other hand, had been hovering around third place for much of the competition and looked stunned to secure a medal on their final jump.

“I don’t normally look at the results, but looking at the scoreboard and realizing we got a medal was just amazing. It’s really like a dream,” said 28-year-old Birch.

Laughter overcomes nerves

The 27-year-old Laugher had entered this tournament as a favorite but blamed his nerves for an underperforming performance in the preliminary round on Saturday morning.

There he scored zero across the board after executing the wrong dive for his opener, blaming his nerves and the pressure he was feeling.

After the preliminary round, Laugher said he wanted to sleep and “reset” before the evening’s finals. He returned to Sandwell Aquatics Center as a different diver.

His first two jumps in the final earned him second place overall before a third jump put him at the top with 86.70 points.

But a fifth dive, earning just 53.20 points, saw him slip to fourth place. On his final attempt, he made amends, earning his best score of 87.75 with the hardest jump of his program.

“I just reset my day, came back with a more positive attitude and tried to show my skills and I think I succeeded,” he told ` Sport.

“A mistake that cost me my position, but overall an all-around great performance compared to this morning.

“I think if you lose a gold medal or a silver medal, who better to lose it to than two of your really good friends, close comrades, training partners and also Team England.”

Laugher won a Commonwealth gold medal hat-trick in Australia four years ago and he could have repeated the feat with a win on Saturday.

“I can’t be disappointed. It’s two golds and one bronze,” he said.

“I would have liked to have had two wins in a row, but it’s a leap. It happens so fast and there have been so many times, like this morning and this afternoon, where great divers have made mistakes and it only takes a split second to be wrong and it costs you a medal.

“But I’m really happy that I managed to get on the podium – overall a good performance and I think I can keep going and getting better.”

Houlden’s silver marked his second medal at the Games after winning 1-meter springboard bronze behind Laugher earlier in the week.

For someone who was afraid of water as a kid and spent two days setting up introductory camp to even get in the pool, he now wants to use his Commonwealth Medals as a catalyst for bigger things.

“I’m really at a loss for words right now,” he told ` Sport. “Two Commonwealth medals, that’s a really big achievement for me.

“Coming out of here at my first Commonwealth games I feel like I’ve taken the pressure and I’ve really given it my all.

“To be between two Olympic medalists – that’s quite a team. It’s sensational. Big dreams and hopefully I can make it to the Olympics and be with these two guys.”

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