It was a very emotional night for athlete James Heatly as he became the first Scottish diver in 60 years to win a Commonwealth Games medal – with the last diver to have done this being none other than Heatly’s granddad, the late Sir Peter.
The medal came in the 1m Springboard where Heatly progressed to the final in third place after the morning prelims. He improved on every one of his six dives in the final, landing the Forward 3½ Somersaults Pike beautifully. Scoring a new personal best of 399.25 Heatly secured bronze. Jack Laugher of England won gold with 438 points and Australia’s James Connor picked up silver in 412.45.
With the bronze medal confirmed an emotional Heatly said: “I can’t quite believe it; I’m a bit overwhelmed right now. The guys here are so good, so to come third in this event is amazing. I’ve never hit my round four dive so well in a competition. In fact it’s the one I’ve been struggling with the most in training, so I’m over the moon.”
Speaking about his grandfather Heatly said: “He’s the reason I started diving. With his passing, this is the only Commonwealth Games since 1948 that he’s not had any involvement in so to be able to bring another medal back to the family feels very special indeed.”
Heatly’s teammate and training partner, Lucas Thomson finished 12th in the event.
Heatly returns in the morning for the 3m springboard prelims while Gemma McArthur will make her Team Scotland debut in the 10m Platform.
Diving prelims start at 10:01 local time (01:01 UK time) and finals start at 19:01 local time (10:01 UK time).