Commonwealth Games 2022 LIVE: Jack Laugher aims for double diving gold after Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix win


Ashley McKenzie describes winning the judo gold medal at the Commonwealth Games

Follow live updates from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham as Jack Laugher clinched a second gold medal in diving in as many after a memorable opening night of the competition at the Sandwell Aquatics Center where 17-year-old Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix won the 10m Days wants to reach platform finals.

Laugher completed his ‘Three Peat’ title in the 1m springboard on Thursday and this time England’s flag bearer walks alongside Anthony Harding in the 3m synchro. Olympic gold medalist Matty Lee will later compete alongside Noah Williams in the 10m synchronized sprint, and the women’s 1m springboard will also be closely contested.

Elsewhere at Alexander Stadium, there’s a jam-packed athletics day with Laura Muir opening her 1500-meter bid and the men’s decathlon will draw to a close. In team sports, England’s ice hockey team meets New Zealand in the semi-finals, while beach volleyball begins the quarter-finals.

Follow all live updates from the Commonwealth Games 2022:


Commonwealth Games: Diving

Next up is Jack Laugher fighting for his second gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham alongside Anthony Harding in the 3m springboard synchro final.

There will be five teams in the final and Laugher and Harding will face off against teams from Scotland, Australia and two from Malaysia.

The Australians pose the biggest threat as Shixin Li won silver in the 1m springboard final yesterday and Laugher was close with his gold win.

It starts at 11:22 p.m.


Commonwealth Games: Diving

Reid safely makes the 1m springboard final but faces a fight for her title after Canada’s Mia Vallée set an impressive early goal in the heats.

With a score of 292.20, Vallée is well ahead of England’s Yasmin Harper (274.60) and Australia’s Fan Qin (266.95).

Reid is fifth with 259.10 so there will be work to do in the finals while Harper will look to build on an encouraging first outing.

Vallee, only 21, is a world champion so her dominance here is really no surprise.

The final takes place tonight.


Commonwealth Games: Diving

Grace Reid is fifth midway through the preliminary rounds, but Canada’s Mia Vallée emerged as the clear favorite on that early performance. She leads the field, 14.5 points clear of England’s Yasmin Harper and Australia’s Georgia Sheehan.


Commonwealth Games: Lawn Bowls

In the men’s, England’s Jamie Walker was defeated by Australia’s Aaron Wilson 21-16 to end his medal hopes.

Wilson advances to the semi-finals where he meets Scotland’s Iain McLean, who beat Canada’s Ryan Bester 21-4.

Northern Ireland Gary Kelly meets Fairul Izwan Abd Muin of Malaysia in the other semifinal.


Commonwealth Games: Diving new

Diving is underway at the Sandwell Aquatics Center with the prelims for the women’s 1m springboard.

Scotland’s Grace Reid is the favorite for the title and was considered a candidate to defend her gold medal from the Gold Coast four years ago.

Reid is looking for a confidence-boosting performance after failing to reach the Olympic final in the 3m springboard last summer.

It opens with notes of 48.30 and 54.00.


Commonwealth Games: Medal Tally

1) Australia – 50 Gold, 42 Silver, 40 Bronze – 132 total

2) England – 42 gold, 44 silver, 32 bronze – 118 total

3) Canada – 17 Gold, 20 Silver, 22 Bronze – 59 overall

4) New Zealand – 16 gold, 10 silver, 11 bronze – 37 overall

5) Scotland – 7 gold, 8 silver, 19 bronze – 34 overall

6) South Africa – 7 gold, 7 silver, 8 bronze – 22 overall

7) India – 6 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze – 20 total

8) Nigeria – 5 gold, 3 silver, 5 bronze – 13 overall

9) Wales – 4 gold, 4 silver, 10 bronze – 18 total

10) Malaysia – 4 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze – 9 overall

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Police are investigating the disappearance of three Sri Lankan athletes at the Commonwealth Games

Birmingham Police have opened an investigation into the disappearance of three members of the Sri Lankan Commonwealth Games team, while all remaining athletes and officials in the country have been ordered to surrender their passports.

A team spokesman confirmed that a wrestler, a judoka and a judo coach have disappeared from their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village.

Sri Lanka is experiencing civil unrest amid its worst economic crisis, with the country’s parliament last week declaring a state of emergency.

As quoted by Associated PressSpokesman Gobinath Sivarajah told The Telegraph in India: “We have asked all athletes and officials to submit their passports to our respective venue officials in all villages after the incident.

“Police are investigating and the three are unable to cross UK borders. What happened is really unfortunate.”


Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix dives to gold while First Dates star dad Fred looks on

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix reacts to stunning gold: “I was peaceful the whole time but on the last dive I had pretty shaky calves, I think that definitely gave me the boost I needed,” said Spendolini-Sirieix.

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

“I’m very, very happy. It’s amazing to be on home soil, a home game, the first time I’ve actually had an audience because I didn’t have one in Tokyo and I’ve had in the other internationals I’ve been to I don’t really like an audience big crowd.

“It was amazing, I had so much fun. I wasn’t really scared, I was so peaceful, so I’m just really, really happy with how it went.”

Spendolini-Sirieix will return to the pool on Saturday when she competes alongside Eden Cheng in the women’s 10m synchronized jumping.

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Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix dives to gold while First Dates star dad Fred looks on

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix celebrated her Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women’s 10m platform final with a hot chocolate – which probably wouldn’t have taken her father Fred too long to make.

The 17-year-old scored a first international win in the seniors at the Sandwell Aquatics Center on Thursday night, finishing ahead of England team-mate Lois Toulson to lead the standings by a whopping 20.20 points.

Fred Sirieix, the maitre d’ on Channel 4’s First Dates, savored every moment he watched his daughter go for gold and shared a video clip of her competition on his Instagram account.


Commonwealth Games: Today’s Early Timings

  • 1m springboard women preliminary round (10.05)
  • Men’s 3m Springboard Final (11.18)
  • Women’s 1500m Round 1 (11.15)
  • Individual all-around final (1.30 p.m.)

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