Commonwealth Games: Veteran Melissa Wu & teen Charli Petrov claim gold in synchronised 10m platform final

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Carly LadenThe West Australian
SMETHWICK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Charli Petrov and Melissa Paige Li Kun Wu of Team Australia compete in the Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Final on day nine of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Sandwell Aquatics Centre on August 06, 2022 on the Smethwick, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Camera IconSMETHWICK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Charli Petrov and Melissa Paige Li Kun Wu of Team Australia compete in the Women's Synchronised 10m Platform Final on day nine of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Sandwell Aquatics Centre on August 06, 2022 on the Smethwick, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Experienced diver Melissa Wu and youngster Charli Petrov have held off stiff competition to clinch a synchronised diving gold medal, while WA’s Nikita Hains & partner Emily Boyd put on a solid performance.

Wu, who was competing in her fifth Commonwealth Games, and 14-year-old Petrov twisted and turned their way to victory, managing a total score of 306.00.

The duo edged out English pair Eden Cheng & Andrea Spendolini Sirieix (298.86) by just 7.14 points, while fellow English duo Robyn Birch & Emily Martin (287.88) managed bronze.

Wu & Petrov put in a solid first dive to kick off the final, managing a score of 49.80 off a back dive to notch first place early.

They were quickly followed by Hains and Boyd, also performing a back dive and obtaining a score of 41.40 to put themselves into sixth place after the first rotation.

Wu and Petrov continued on the upward trajectory, managing a score of 51.60 off an impressive reverse dive, while Hains & Boyd also improved, scoring 49.20 on their reverse dive.

The third rotation saw Wu & Petrov up the ante with a forward 3 1/2 somersault dive in a bid to consolidate their gold medal position, wowing the judges to obtain a score of 70.20.

Hains & Boyd also made a massive improvement on the scoreboard, racking up a score of 70.08 for their third dive, moving into third place at the final’s halfway point.

The fourth rotation saw Wu & Petrov continue their progression into more difficult dives, performing an inward 3 1/2 somersault.

Despite only managing a score of 65.28, they remained in a good position to win a medal.

Hains & Boyd performed an impressive forward 3 1/2 somersault for their fourth dive to challenge for a medal position, managing a score of 54.90.

The final rotation saw both Australian teams take big risks with more difficult dives.

Wu & Petrov made a solid finish with a back 2 1/2 somersault 1 1/2 twist, managing a score of 69.12, while Hains & Boyd scored 59.52 off an inward 3 1/2 somersault to finish in sixth place.

Meanwhile in the Men’s 3m Springboard final, Daniel Goodfellow (484.45), Jordan Houlden (465.15) and Jack Laugher (462.30) pulled off an English clean sweep.

Australians Shixin Li finished in fifth place with a total score of 448.50 while Sam Fricker finished in 10th place with a total score of 370.65.

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