Mixed synchro divers snare Games silver

Steve Larkin / AAP News


A two-medal day brings the Australian Diving squad’s Birmingham campaign to a close, the squad full of promising youngsters finished the Games with 10 medals, including four golds.

Despite scant practice together, Australian divers Maddison Keeney and Shixin Li have won a silver medal in the mixed synchronised three-metre springboard at the Commonwealth Games.

Keeny and Li only started training together a week before arriving in Birmingham.

“It was our first time diving together (in competition),” Keeney said.

“We haven’t been really practising together a lot and we have also got very different styles.

“We had our first session a week before we came over here.

“It was a last minute decision to enter into mixed synchro and Shixin has always wanted to have a go at it with me so I was like ‘yeah, why not’.

“It was difficult but we had a lot of fun.”

Despite the limited preparation, Keeney and Li almost grabbed gold – they finished just 1.98 points behind Scotland’s James Heatley and Grace Reid.

Australia’s Domonic Bedggood and Anabelle Smith finished fifth.

In the synchronised mixed 10m platform final, Australia’s Cassiel Rousseau and Emily Boyd finished in the bronze medal position and compatriots Bedggood and Melissa Wu placed eighth.



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