Saturday, April 14, 2018

Thomson impresses in platform final

Lucas Thomson surpassed his own expectations finishing fifth in the 10m platform final on the last night of diving competition at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The 16-year old had a disappointing morning at the prelims but following rest and a good chat with coach, Jen Leeming, he made lots of improvements and enjoyed the final , putting in a really strong series of dives across all six rounds.

His best score came in the Back 3½ Somersaults Tuck for which he scored 79.20. That helped him amass a points score of 402.80, only the third time he’d made the 400 mark. Afterwards he spoke of his delight and said,

“I’m so chuffed with that performance; it was a big step up from this morning. I managed to hit all of my dives pretty well and was consistent throughout tonight’s competition. It couldn’t have gone much better for me.

“The whole Commonwealth Games experience has been great, I’ve been trying to soak up as much of the experience and atmosphere as possible and take as much away from here as I can. It’s been a huge thing coming all the way to Australia for my first Commonwealth Games and the organisers have put on such a good show and made the event so special.

“I’m really excited now to go forward with this. Jen provides such great coaching and the home programme in Scotland is really well set up and is growing in numbers and now in reputation.”

Gold went to Domonic Bedgood of Australia with 451.15, while Matthew Dixon of England and Vincent Riendeau of Canada won silver and bronze respectively.

Grace Reid was left disappointed at being unable to follow up last night’s gold medal with another in the 3m springboard final. The 21-year old didn’t have the best of starts and didn’t land her first two dives. Reid bounced back with her Reverse 2½ Somersaults Pike which scored her 67.50, an improvement from this morning’s prelims. Despite pulling back In a very competitive final, Reid couldn’t make up the scores and finished on 282.00 points.  Jennifer Abel (CAN) won gold with 366.95, while Maddison Keeney (AUS) and Anabelle Smith (AUS) won silver and bronze respectively.

Afterwards Reid said,

“Tonight just wasn’t good enough. I was hoping for so much more than that and I’m both frustrated and disappointed. I started off ropey on my first two, but taking away some positives I did come back strong and there are definitely things I know I can work on.”

Speaking about whether winning gold the previous night had affected her, Reid continued,

“I’ve never lacked motivation. I was very much intent on going out there and diving the best I could.  That’s the way I am ahead of every competition I do. But there are some days when best just doesn’t happen and perhaps last night did play a role in that.

“With so much excitement and adrenaline, I only had four hours sleep. I’m not using that as an excuse and that’s an area I will be going away and working hard on, finding a way to bounce back more.

“I’m probably my own worst critic and will inevitably go away and beat myself up about it for a bit. I hope in the next few days I’ll reflect on everything and hopefully celebrate more what went well than focus on what didn’t.”

Team Scotland won eleven medals from Aquatics (9 swimming, 2 diving).