11 Aug 2018

Grace Reid grabs gold with dramatic final dive to help Britain top medal table

Grace Reid (pictured above on the right) put on a dramatic show for her local supporters on Saturday to clinch the women's 3m springboard title in the Royal Commonwealth Pool where she learned to dive as a child.

Third after the fourth round, the 22-year-old Scot produced a superb final dive - a forward 2½ somersault with one twist, piked - to grab the gold medal away from fellow-Briton Alicia Blagg with a total of 329.40 points.

Blagg took the silver (327.70) ahead of German bronze medallist Tina Punzel (324.65). Reid, who also won a silver medal in the mixed synchronised 3m springboard, said:

It's unreal. Happy doesn't cover it. I'm elated.

"It has been hard work this season with ups and downs. It is great to solidify all the hard work. If you had said at the start of the campaign that I would be walking away with the gold medal, I would probably have laughed a little."

The silver was a huge moment for Blagg, who also won a Commonwealth synchro title in the same Edinburgh pool in 2014 but has faced wrist surgery in the past two years.

"I never thought I would ever get to this in my career," she said. "A lot of times this season, I have been just fighting back. It is nice to prove that I am worth looking at."

Defending champions Matthew Lee (GBR) and Lois Toulson (GBR) were beaten to the mixed synchronised 10m platform gold by Russians Iuliia Timoshinina and Nikita Shleikher. The Russian pair led after the first two required dives and then took control with an excellent performance of an unusual fourth dive in the options which was the hardest in the competition - a backward 31/3 somersaults tucked. The British could not match it and Toulson missed out on a golden double after winning the women’s 10m synchro on Tuesday with Eden Cheng (GBR).

The Russians finished with 309.63 points ahead of Great Britain (307.80) with Germans Florian Fandler and Christina Wassen taking the bronze with 278.64. Timoshinina has had a mixed championships, failing to qualify for the final of the individual 10m but grabbing a bronze and a silver in the mixed team and women's 10m synchro respectively.

"I am not satisfied with my results. I expected more from myself," the Russian said. "It is good to finish in that way and get a gold medal and to have a complete set (of medals). Nevertheless, there were a lot of errors and I need to improve on that."