Matty Lee and Noah Williams Defy Cramps and Win Commonwealth Gold

Matty Lee revealed that he and partner Noah Williams were suffering from cramping as they won gold in the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform event on Friday.

The duo topped the leaderboard after facing competition from Canada and Australia, who placed second and third respectively.

Williams has already proven success in the 10 meters 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 have added a Commonwealth medal to his collection.

“I’m feeling really, really good,” Lee said.

“This was my first Commonwealth medal, and this is something I’ve always wanted to do.

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

Although the duo appeared to be doing well, Lee revealed that they were both suffering from cramps midway through the final.

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 – Eighth day

Lee and Williams won gold in Friday’s ten-meter synchronized event (Tim Goode/PA)

“I wasn’t comfortable at all,” Lee said.

“We’ve never competed in a crowd like this and we probably can’t experience it again because it was insane.

“We were both dealing with severe cramps in our calves after the second dive, we don’t really know why but we think it was because of the adrenaline.”

Williams added: “[Lee’s cramp] it slowly went away but mine got worse and worse to the point that i was struggling to walk which is why i had to do physical therapy between each dive.

“We’re trying to win, so I think all this anticipation halfway through, I kind of realized what was going on and my body was like ‘nah, not having this!’ but we did, obviously we got the gold, which is what we came here to do.”

Earlier in the day, Jack Laugher sealed his second Olympic gold medal by winning the men’s three-meter synchronized springboard alongside partner Anthony Harding.

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

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

He said: “I’m over the moon with this, I mean I gave a really good performance, I could have done a little better, I know Jack is maybe a little disappointed but I worked so hard for it.

“I waited many years, I watched him [Laugher] in three other Commonwealths, three Olympics, so it’s been a while since I’ve been on this kind of stage and he’s been a huge help.”

Laugher entered the competition with a lot of experience in the discipline, having won Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 alongside partner Chris Mears.

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

“Two days, it was great,” said Laugher.

“I struggled a bit to sleep last night, I felt a little worse from the wear and tear this morning, but I think I put on a good performance.

“Anthony did a great job and it was a big request to come here to his first Commonwealth Games in front of a big crowd and perform consistently and solidly, so it’s a really, really good performance for a lot of reasons.

“Things need to be improved, things need to be improved 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 in her Commonwealth debut in the individual final of the one meter springboard.

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