Matty Lee and Noah Williams brave cramp to claim Commonwealth gold

Matty Lee revealed he and partner Noah Williams suffered cramp when they won gold in the men’s 10m synchronized platform event on Friday.

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

Williams has already tasted success in the 10m synchronized, winning a silver medal with Matthew Dixon on the Gold Coast in 2018.

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

“I feel really, really good,” Lee said.

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

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

Although the pair appeared to be doing well, Lee revealed that they had both suffered cramping just under halfway through the final.

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Lee and Williams won gold in Friday’s 10m synchronized event (Tim Goode/PA)

“I wasn’t comfortable one bit,” Lee said.

“We’ve never competed in a crowd like that ever, and probably won’t experience it again, because it was insane.

“We both had a bad leg cramp after the second dive, we don’t really know why but we think it was because of the adrenaline.”

Williams added: “[Lee’s cramp] slowly went away, but mine got worse and worse to the point where I struggled to walk, which was why I had to get physical therapy between each dive.

“We’re trying to win, so I think all the expectations halfway through, kind of realized what was going on, and my body was like ‘no, I didn’t!’ but we got through, obviously we got the gold which is what we came here to do.”

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

In what is a relatively new partnership between the pair, they topped the leaderboard in Friday’s event with 438.33, winning by a whopping 61.56 points.

For Harding, this is his first medal on his Commonwealth debut and the 22-year-old was delighted to finally get the chance to show what he can do.

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

“I have been waiting for many years, I have seen him [Laugher] at three other Commonwealths, three Olympics, so it’s been a while for me to get on this kind of stage and he’s a huge help.”

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

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

“Two in two days has been great,” Laugher said.

“I struggled a bit to sleep last night, felt a bit worse this morning actually, but I think I put together an okay performance.

“Anthony has done a great job and it was a huge ask to come out here in his first Commonwealth Games in front of a big crowd and to perform it consistently and solidly, so it’s a very, very good performance for a lot of reasons.

“Things need to be improved, things need to be better, but overall very happy with the performance and two golds is obviously the best I can ask for.”

England’s Amy Rollinson also won bronze on her Commonwealth debut in the individual one meter springboard final.

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