Matt Mitcham wins Gold at Commonwealth Games
Out Aussie Diver Matthew Mitcham has finally won the gold medal he’s been hankering after at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Mitcham picked up the gold on Friday with team mate Domonic Bedggood to win the synchronised 10metre platform event.
Mitcham and Bedggood beat the UK teammates Tom Daley and James Denny by the narrowest of margins, finishing up with 399.54 points against the UK’s 399.36.
There was no bronze medal awarded as only four teams competed in the final.
The win marked Mitcham’s first gold medal at a Commonwealth Games, having scored six silver medals previously.
Mitcham told commentators: "I think maybe I attached a little bit more significance to this then what maybe other people might attach to a Commonwealth Games gold medal but having come second so many times I was kind of almost resigned to the fact that maybe I was just going to have a whole collection of silvers," Mitcham said.
"So I did set the expectations to be much higher than perhaps normal which has a lot of risk associated with it so I think that is why I might have jumped around a little bit ungraciously when it came up on the scoreboard that we had actually won."
Mitcham gave full credit to his diving partner, Dom Badggood, "I couldn't have a better partner because Dom actually beat me in the trials leading into this competition so what more can you ask for then the best diver in Australia to compete synchro with," he said.
Mitcham and diving partner Grant Nel picked up silver medals earlier in the day at the Edinburgh pool for the synchronised 3metre springboard. England’s Jack Laugher and Chris Mears won the gold with another English duo, Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward taking out the bronze medal.