Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix shows she’s more than just a household name after winning Commonwealth diving gold

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Her diving success continued for England on Thursday night as 17-year-old Andrea Spandolini-Serreux won her first senior international gold medal in the women’s 10m platform final.

Her team-mate Louis Tolson won silver, but Spandolini-Sireux topped the leaderboard with 20.20 points, describing an “unbelievable” win in front of the home crowd.

He said: “I’m very, very happy. It’s amazing to be on home soil, a home game, the first time I’ve actually seen a crowd because I didn’t have one in Tokyo and in other international matches that I’ve been in. had done, I hadn’t really. The big crowd

“It’s been incredible, I’ve had so much fun. I wasn’t really scared, I was very calm, so I’m really, really happy with how it went.”

Spendolini-Sirieix, whose father is First Dates TV personality Fred Sirieix, said she plans to celebrate with hot chocolate.

She added: “I was totally calm but I had quite a bit of shaking calves on the last dive, I think that definitely helped with the pressure I needed.

“Overall I had so much fun, I’ve never had so much fun at a competition. I have a hot chocolate waiting for me!”

Elsewhere, Jack Lougher admitted he felt the pressure as he successfully defended his Commonwealth Games one-metre springboard title with a high-scoring performance.

Fellow Englishman Jordan Holden also put in an impressive performance, winning a bronze medal on his Commonwealth debut.

Holden led the competition for a period but it was Laffer who emerged victorious, scoring a total of 447.05 in Thursday’s competition to claim his third title in the discipline.

The 27-year-old claimed gold in Glasgow in 2014 and Gold Coast in 2018 but managed to seal it in front of a home crowd.

The laugher said:[I’m feeling] Great, yes there’s a lot of pressure here trying to defend the title I’ve had for eight years now?

“It’s a great, great performance, very consistent, a few mistakes here and there but really, really happy with everything, and to do it in front of the home crowd obviously makes it a little bit sweeter.”

Laugher faced a bit of pressure earlier in the event when Holden topped the leaderboard for the first three rounds, but the reigning champion believed he had things “pretty much under control”.

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“I mean Jordan, his first two dives were amazing don’t get me wrong, but he’s a very difficult diver,” Laugher added.

“When executed well, which it did, it obviously gets a lot of points on the board. While I do my list in a different order, I do my easier tasks first and Also I rate the difficulty.

“I knew I still had it pretty much under control, I knew I could still get a good score. It was just about diving in one time at a time and hopefully beating myself. Not going too far and not reminiscing.

“I was pushed today, it was a big scoring competition, it was probably the best scoring podium we’ve ever had at a Commonwealth Games, some great performances from everyone and I’m really excited to share the podium with Jordan. I’m happy.”

Additional reporting by PA.