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Waterfield halts Despatie dream

27†July†2002

Peter Waterfield (ENG) captured the Commonwealth Games menís 10m highboard gold medal in a thrilling competition on Saturday. He is the first English diver to win gold for 20 years.

Alexandre Despatie

Defending champion Despatie could only manage bronze

Waterfield, in fifth place after the preliminary round, produced a superb sequence of dives to win the gold medal with 690.30 points.

Leon Taylor (ENG), who was in his sick bed all day on Thursday, finished second on 689.82 points, leaving defending champion Alexandre Despatie to collect bronze with 689.79.

Despatie looked set to retain his crown and complete the first hat-trick of diving golds in Games history after the morning round. But a poor fourth dive left him struggling to stay in touch with the astonishing pace.

Waterfield, on the other hand, began the session in fifth place. He was fourth after three rounds but timed his challenge to perfection and bounced from third to first with a superb final dive.

The divers exchanged a series of maximum ten-point dives in a competition that had a packed house on its feet with Waterfield becoming the first English diver to win gold in this event since Chris Snode in 1982.

Robert Newbery (AUS), was another diver who led at one stage only to slip out of contention in the final showdown to finish fourth on 680.97 with Matthew Helm (AUS) in fifth place with 670.53

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