Andrea Spendolini Sirieix wins diving gold with famous father Fred in crowd


Her team-mate Lois Toulson won silver, but Spendolini-Sirieix topped the standings with a massive 20.20 points, insisting she didn’t feel the pressure she had led from round two.

“I was peaceful the whole time, but on the last dive I had some shaky calves, I think that definitely helped with the push I needed,” she said. “Overall I’ve had so much fun, I’ve never had so much fun in a match.”

It was the second gold medal of the day for England, with Jack Laugher winning gold for the third time in a row at the Commonwealth Games in the one meter springboard dive – a title he dedicated to his late grandmother.

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“Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away a few months ago,” he said. “She was quite local, but I couldn’t attend her funeral because of the World Championships, which was very sad, but I’m an athlete at the top and the risk of Covid was just too great.

“Hopefully I made her proud today. She was my biggest supporter.”

The Team England flag bearer claimed the title with 447.05 points at Sandwell Aqua. Two-time world champion Australian Shixin Li secured silver 10 points further back, while Laugher’s England team-mate Jordan Houlden completed the podium after finishing with 429.30 points.

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Laugher is clearly in a different place now, having recovered from the dark days when he would cry himself to sleep after the 2019 World Championships in South Korea, where he dropped his lead to finish in bronze.

Laugher said: “Mental health and wellbeing have been extremely important to me. I’ve really struggled with it over the years, but I feel like I’ve overcome a lot and of course make appearances like this today and at the World Championships it all get better and keep me moving forward.”

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