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Double for Despatie

26†July†2002

Alexandre Despatie maintained his challenge for triple Commonwealth gold in the menís 3m springboard competition.

Alexandre Despatie

Despatie wins his second gold medal in as many days

The Canadian, who won the 1m springboard event on the opening day of competition, was never headed as he clinched his second gold with 709.59 points. He increased his lead in every round.

Despatie, who won the 10m highboard gold at Kuala Lumpur four years ago, is the first man since Australian Michael Murphy claimed double diving gold in 1994.

He will now be bidding to complete the first hat-trick in Games history in the final event of the competition on Saturday.

ďI felt great. Iíve been working very hard on the 3m board. I love it so much. Iím so glad Iíve finally been able to pull off a performance like that on an international stage.Ē

On how it compared to the 1m gold he said: ďItís a very similar event, but I think Iím happier with this one. On 1m I was able to do it. On the 3m Iíve not been able to express myself fully. To be able to do it finally is great.Ē

And on being asked about the possibility of again making Commonwealth Games history, with a third gold in Saturdayís 10m highboard he replied: ďIím not going to think about that. I canít think about the results. Iím just going to focus on the task.Ē

Tony Ally of England finished second with 676.26 points to claim his second silver medal in as many days.

ďI knew halfway through the competition that I would take silver. I was focused. I made minor mistakes in the middle of the event, but I picked myself up."

Robert Newbery collected the bronze medal with 656.64 points.

Ally, fourth after the morning preliminary session, slipped back to fifth after his first dive. But the English showman, roared on throughout by a partisan home crowd, produced the goods in round two and held on to the silver position for the rest of the contest, gaining four marks of nine in his final dive.

The race for bronze went right to the wire with Newbery edging out Philippe Comtois of Canada in the final round.

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