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Spectacular duels of high dive duos

24 Mar 06 12:49

Australia's Matthew Helm and Robert Newbery in winning style.

Australia's Matthew Helm and Robert Newbery in winning style.

Australians Matthew Helm and Robert Newbery have won gold in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Final at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC).

Their score today of 440.58 beat out Malaysia's Nickson Bryan and Sandayud James who took the silver with a score 427.44.

The Australian pair were a hot favourite for this event after winning the bronze medal at Athens 2004. They also ranked third at the 12th FINA Diving Grand Prix early this year.

"It's my first gold at a Commonwealth Games and I have been training for a long time; it's about time. I finally get a gold in front of my home crowd; it's my third Commonwealth Games, so I guess it's third time lucky, " said Newbery after the win.

The Diving competition tonight will feature the Women’s 1m Springboard Final and Men’s Synchronised 3m Platform Final

Among those who will appear in the evening Final in the Women's 1m Springboard will be Canadian World Champion, Blythe Hartley, with tough opposition from Australia's Sharleen Stratton who qualified second.

Other likely medal contenders are Jenna Dreyer of South Africa and Megan Farrow of Guyana who is diving well as is Australia's Kathryn Blackshaw.

Still in with a chance after the morning's rounds is Malaysia's Mun Yee Leong, Tandi Indergaard of England and Melanie Rinaldi of Canada.

A crowd favourite will be Canada's Rachel Kemp, who celebrated her 13th birthday on Day 8, and has made it to the Finals.

Blythe Hartley took the silver medal in this event at Manchester and Kuala Lumpur, and she really wants to add a gold to her medal collection.

The Men's 3m Springboard World Champion - Canada’s Alexandre Despatie - has already won two gold medals at Melbourne 2006 in the Men's 1m and 3m Springboard, and is the favourite for the Men's 3m Synchronised Springboard Final, when he teams up with Arturo Miranda.

Other divers to watch in the 3m Synchronised event include Australia's Steven Barnett and Robert Newbery, who took the bronze medal in the Men's 3m Synchronised Springboard at Athens 2004, and Malaysia's Ken Nee Yeoh, who grabbed silver in spectacular fashion in the Men's 1m Springboard at these Games and is paired with experienced team-mate Roslan Rossharisham.

For more information and results, visit the Aquatics Diving Schedule and Results section of this Website.

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