Blagg frus­trated at per­for­mance level

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - COMMONWEALTH GAMES -

GAMES: MEH… Three let­ters that can per­fectly con­vey how a per­son’s feel­ing with the least amount of ef­fort, and how Wake­field diver Ali­cia Blagg de­scribed her ef­forts in Satur­day’s ac­tion at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

The 21-year-old, who won women’s 3m syn­chro­nised spring­board div­ing sil­ver ear­lier in the week, fol­lowed up sev­enth in the 1m spring­board with eighth in the 3m in­di­vid­ual event.

Blagg scored 282.40 to fin­ish al­most four points be­hind Leeds team-mate Kather­ine Tor­rance and nearly 85 be­hind even­tual win­ner, Canada’s Jen­nifer Abel.

A score of 40.50 on her fourth dive elim­i­nated any chance of Blagg win­ning a medal and, when asked to ex­plain her thoughts she sim­ply said: “Meh... is that a word?

“I’m dis­ap­pointed, re­ally, re­ally dis­ap­pointed, be­cause I know that I had a lot more in the tank and I know I can do a lot bet­ter than that. I don’t know what hap­pened.”

She said she will now go back to the draw­ing board to put right the wrongs of her last two events on the Gold Coast, but she can con­sider her­self for­tu­nate com­pared to team­mate Tor­rance.

The 19-year-old re­vealed on Satur­day that she was in­volved in a car crash in Jan­uary that re­sulted a wrist in­jury and threw her par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Games into doubt.

She scored 286.05 for her five dives, with a high score of 72.00 and a low mark of 41.85.

“It was an up and down per­for­mance,” she ac­cepted. “There were some re­ally bad dives and some re­ally good dives.

“I’m re­ally happy with my re­verse 3 ½ be­cause I’ve been training re­ally well. That’s the one I wanted to put down and I did.

“There’s good things to take away, things to work on. I’m at the Com­mon­wealth Games so I can’t com­plain too much.

“To get a medal in syn­chro with Ali­cia is more than I even hoped for. I just came here like ‘woo - just see what hap­pens’. So I’m re­ally happy with the out­come of the whole event.”

Tor­rance will now go on to the World Se­ries in a week’s time be­fore com­pet­ing in the World Cup and Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships, this sum­mer.

And things did not get much bet­ter for fel­low City of Leeds diver Matty Lee, with the 20-year-old fin­ish­ing 11th in the 10m plat­form event. Miss­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Tom Da­ley, Domonic Bedg­good won gold with a score of 451.15 while Lee could only man­age 341.20.

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