Blagg frustrated at performance level
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.