Friday, April 13, 2018

Reid makes progress while Heatly and Thomson finish fifth

Grace Reid has had one of the longest waits of any Team Scotland athlete to begin her competition at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Today’s however, she got underway in the prelims of the 1m springboard.

After a tentative start, Reid found her flow and put in a consistent series placing her sixth for the final, with a points tally of 295.25. Afterwards she said,

“The first two dives were a little bit nervous, you could tell I was a bit tense, but once I found my rhythm I really enjoyed the rest of the competition. 

“I’ve been itching to get going for the longest time. It’s been great to see the Team Scotland athletes doing so well and that’s just spurred me on to get out there and compete.

“I’ve not trained 1m that much but I really enjoy the event. There’s a strong competitive field so it’s going to be a good battle for the medals later.”

James Heatly and Lucas Thomson paired up for the 10m Synchro Platform, which was a straight final. They were solid across all six dives and finished 5th with a points tally of 369.60. Gold went to Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow (ENG) with 405.81 points.

Afterwards Thomson said,

“We put in a good performance but you always come away wanting that little bit more. No dives went astray; I think we got beaten in the tariff game. We’ll see this as a great opportunity to go away, learn new dives and come back stronger in four years time.”

Heatly added,

“There’s still things to work on, improvements to be made, but considering it’s not an event I do often, I think we should be really pleased with that.

Diving finals start at 19:01 local time (10:01 GMT).