2022 – Commonwealth Games: Dan Goodfellow wins gold in the 3-meter jump in the top three for all England

Dan Goodfellow recently turned into singles events
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Dan Goodfellow won his first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, finishing third for the All-English in the men’s 3-meter jump final.

Jordan Holden took the silver while Jack Luger – the defending champion – beat his former nerves to take the bronze.

The win gave 25-year-old Goodfellow his first major title after winning Olympic, world and European medals in a simultaneous competition.

He finished with 484.45 points.

“It feels great,” he told BBC Sport. “I’ve had a very difficult year so getting a result here means everything.

“I’m just over the moon.”

Holden, 24, finished 19.30 points behind Goodfellow, while Luger β€” a two-time gold medalist with Birmingham Commonwealth β€” trailed by another 2.85 points. Scott James Heatley came fourth.

Goodfellow decided to go it alone in early 2022 after years of simultaneous success, winning the 10m platform gold at the 2018 Games with Tom Daly and bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Speaking of the individual competitions, he said, “It feels great. I’m really enjoying diving at the moment, and it feels so good to be doing it on my own.

β€œI really enjoy training on my own and competing in events alone. We boys all live in Yorkshire so we can’t ask for better than a double win for the Yorkies.”

Laughter beats nerves

Luger, 27, entered the event as the favorite but blamed his nerves for a poor performance in the preliminary round on Saturday morning.

There he scored a zero across the board after making the wrong dive in the opening game, blaming his nerves and the pressure he was feeling.

After the preliminary round, Luger said he wanted to sleep and “reset” before the evening’s finals. He returned to Sandwell Aquatics Center as a different diver.

His first and second jumps in the final earned him second overall before his third jump put him over the top with 86.70 points.

But a fifth dive, which only got 53.20 points, made him slip to fourth. On his last attempt, he made up, getting his best score of 87.75 with the hardest jump on his show.

“I just reset my day, came back with a more positive attitude and tried to show my skills and I think I succeeded,” he told BBC Sport.

β€œA mistake cost me my position, but overall a great overall performance compared to this morning.

“I think if you lose a gold or a silver, you better lose it to a couple of your close friends, close comrades, coaching partners and also the England team.”

Luger won a triple Commonwealth gold medal in Australia four years ago and could have replicated that feat with a win on Saturday.

“I can’t be disappointed,” he said. “It’s two golds and one bronze.”

β€œI was hoping for two wins in a row, but it’s a jump. It happens so fast and there have been many times, like this morning and afternoon, where the great divers made mistakes and it only took a split second to be wrong and cost you a medal.

“But I’m really happy that I was able to get on the podium – I did really well overall and I think I can continue and improve.”

Holden’s silver was his second at the Games after winning the bronze over 1 meter jump behind Logirer earlier in the week.

For someone who was afraid of water as a kid and spent two days setting up a boot camp to even get into the pool, he now wants to use Commonwealth Medals as a catalyst for bigger things.

“I’m really at a loss now,” he told BBC Sport. “Two Commonwealth medals, that’s a really big achievement for me.

“Having been out of here on my first Commonwealth game, I feel I’ve taken the pressure and I’ve really given everything I have.

β€œBeing between two Olympic medalists – this is a great team. It’s exciting. Big dreams and I hope to be able to get to the Olympics and be with these two guys.”

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