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Diving preview - 27 July

27 July 2002

One of the highlights of aquatics at any major championships, the men’s 10-metre highboard diving, will throw one of the stars of the Commonwealth Games, Alexandre Despatie (CAN), into head-to-head competition against English rivals Leon Taylor and Pete Waterfield, together with Robert Newbery (AUS).

Alex Despatie

Alexandre Despatie is hunting for a third gold

Despatie, the youngest ever winner of a Commonwealth Games gold medal when he won the 10m highboard in Kuala Lumpur four years ago aged 13 years, added to his medal tally on Thursday when taking the one-metre springboard title here. In Saturday night’s 10-metre highboard final, he may be bidding for his third gold medal of these Games, depending on the outcome of Friday’s three-metre springboard.

No man has yet managed to win all three diving gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games. The last man to win two diving golds at the same Commonwealth Games was Michael Murphy (AUS) in Victoria in 1994.

The women’s three-metre springboard final, also being staged on Saturday evening, will see the first three medallists of the Manchester Games, Irina Lashko (AUS), Blythe Hartley (CAN) and Jane Smith (ENG), the one-two-three from Thursday’s one-metre springboard, again in opposition.

The women’s springboard events at these Commonwealth Games are of the highest quality: Lashko is a former world champion, while Hartley won the one-metre event last year and is a former world junior champion at three-metre.

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