Matty Lee and Noah Williams brave the spasm to claim Commonwealth gold


Matty Lee revealed he and partner Noah Williams were suffering from cramps while winning gold in the men’s 10m synchronized platform event on Friday.

The pair topped the rankings after facing stiff competition from Canada and Australia, who finished second and third respectively.

Williams was already successful in the 10m synchronized sprint, winning a silver medal with Matthew Dixon on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Lee is no stranger to success in this discipline either, having won gold at the Tokyo Olympics alongside Tom Daley, but he was delighted to have added a Commonwealth medal to his collection.

“I’m feeling very, very good,” Lee said.

“It was my very first Commonwealth medal and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

“You know, I’ve done pretty well in my career, but I’ve always wanted to do well in Commonwealths. I’m just so happy that me and Noah came out on top today.”

Although the pair appeared to be doing well, Lee revealed they both suffered from cramps just halfway through the finale.

Lee and Williams won gold in the 10-meter synchronized sprint on Friday (Tim Goode/PA)

(PA wire)

“I didn’t feel comfortable in the slightest,” Lee said.

“We’ve never competed in a crowd like this and probably won’t experience that again because that was crazy.

“We both struggled with bad leg cramps after the second dive, we don’t know exactly why but we think it was the adrenaline.”

Williams added: “[Lee’s cramp] was slowly going away but mine was getting worse and worse to the point where I was having trouble walking which is why I had to get physio between each dive.

“We’re trying to win, so I think with all that expectation, I realized halfway through what was going on and my body was like, ‘No, I don’t have it!’ But we did it, we obviously got the gold we came here for.”

Earlier in the day, Jack Laugher sealed his second gold medal of the Games by winning the men’s synchronized three-meter springboard event alongside partner Anthony Harding.

In a relatively new partnership between the two, they topped the leaderboard in Friday’s event with 438.33 and won by a whopping 61.56 points.

This is Harding’s first medal on his Commonwealth debut and the 22-year-old was delighted to finally have the chance to show what he can do.

He said: “I’m over the moon with it, I mean I put in a pretty good performance, I could have done it a little bit better, I know Jack might be a little disappointed, but I just worked so hard for it.

“I have waited for many years, I have watched him [Laugher] at three other Commonwealths, three Olympics, so it took me a while to get onto that kind of stage and he’s a big help.”

Laugher came into the competition with plenty of experience in the discipline, having won it alongside partner Chris Mears at Glasgow 2014 and the Gold Coast 2018.

He also won gold in Thursday’s one-meter springboard individual and has a chance to add a third in Saturday’s three-meter individual springboard, but was encouraged by Friday’s performance.

“Two in two days, it was great,” Laugher said.

“I had a little trouble falling asleep last night, really felt a little worse this morning but I think I put on a good performance.

“Anthony has done a great job and coming out here in front of a big crowd at his first Commonwealth games and being consistent and solid has been a challenge, so it’s a really, really good performance for a lot of reasons.

“Things need to be improved, things need to get better but overall very happy with the performance and two gold medals is of course the best I could wish for.”

England’s Amy Rollinson also won bronze in her Commonwealth debut in the one meter springboard individual final. Matty Lee and Noah Williams brave the spasm to claim Commonwealth gold

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