Andrea Spendolini Sirieix wins diving gold with famous father Fred in crowd

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Andrea Spendolini Sirieix wins diving gold with famous father Fred in crowd - GETTY IMAGES
Andrea Spendolini Sirieix wins diving gold with famous father Fred in crowd - GETTY IMAGES

Her father may be the most famous maitre d’ in the country but today it is Andrea Spendolini Sirieix who will be able to command the finest table in any restaurant in Birmingham.

The 17-year-old, daughter of Fred Sirieix, who found fame on Channel 4’s 'First Dates', claimed gold in the women’s 10-metre platform final.

Sirieix may not yet be old enough to drink so one of her father’s fine wines may be out of the question to toast her victory, a first international title. But she said: “I’ve got a hot chocolate waiting for me!”

The English teenager was in tears at the conclusion, having led from the second round, and hailed the boisterous home crowd - including her famous father - a far cry from her experience at last year’s Olympics, where no spectators were permitted due to Covid.

“I'm very, very happy,” she added. “It's amazing for it to be on home soil, a home games, the first time that I've actually had a crowd because I didn't have one at Tokyo and at the other internationals I've done I haven't really had a big crowd.

“It's been incredible, I've had so much fun. I wasn't really scared I was so peaceful, so I'm just really, really happy with how it went.”

Fred Sirieix was delighted by his daughter's Commonwealth gold - PA
Fred Sirieix was delighted by his daughter's Commonwealth gold - PA
Andrea Spendolini Siriex is congratulated by Caeli McKay - GETTY IMAGES
Andrea Spendolini Siriex is congratulated by Caeli McKay - GETTY IMAGES

Her team-mate Lois Toulson won silver, but Spendolini-Sirieix topped the leaderboard by a huge 20.20 points, and insists she did not feel the pressure having led from round two.

“I was peaceful throughout but on the last dive I had quite shaky calves, I think that definitely helped with the push that I needed,” she said. “Overall I had so much fun, I’ve never had that much fun in a competition.”

It was the second gold medal of the day for England, with Jack Laugher winning his third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold in the one metre springboard diving - a title he dedicated to his late grandmother.

"My grandma unfortunately passed away a couple of months ago,” he said. “She was fairly local but I was unable to attend her funeral due to the World Championships, which was very sad, but I'm an athlete at the very top and the risk of Covid was just too high.

“Hopefully I have done her proud today. She was my biggest supporter."

The Team England flagbearer claimed the title with 447.05 points at Sandwell Aqua. Two-time world champion Australian Shixin Li secured silver, 10 points further back, while Laugher's England team-mate Jordan Houlden completed the podium after finishing with 429.30 points.

Laugher is clearly in a different place now, having recovered from the dark days where he would cry himself to sleep after the 2019 World Championships in South Korea, where he let slip of his leading position to end in bronze.

Laugher said: "Mental health and mental well-being has been extremely important for me. I've really struggled with it over the years, but I feel like I've overcome quite a lot and obviously doing performances like this today and at the World Championships makes it all better and keep me moving forward."

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