Having started his day with a grumble about the Aquatic Centre colour scheme, claiming that there was too much blue in his eye-line, diver Jack Laugher ended it smitten with the sight of gold.
In a rare instance of an English medal hope justifying the form guide, the 23 year-old was seldom threatened in the 1m springboard competition, becoming only the country’s second athlete at these Games, after Adam Peaty, to follow Olympic gold with a Commonwealth title.
Laugher prevailed in spite of a plethora of injuries, which had restricted his Gold Coast preparation to just a fortnight, as well as the distracting colour palette of a spectacular open-air seaside arena. Clearly struggling to place his dives during the preliminary round, he said after the final: “It is always very hard when all you can see outside is the same shade. From sky to sea, everything is blue.”
For all his visual issues, Laugher glided to victory, leading after the first round and easing through the next five without any serious challenger, as he took gold with a score of 438 points, 25.55 clear of Australia’s James Connor in second. James Heatly completed a family circle by securing bronze, Scotland’s first Commonwealth diving medal since his late grandfather Sir Peter Heatly took the last of three golds in 1958.