WA diver Maddison Keeney twisted alongside long-time synchronized partner Anabelle Smith in a stunning performance, paving the way for Commonwealth Games gold.
Keeney burst into tears when he realized that he had finally reached the final after falling short with bronze at the same event in 2014.
The duo wowed the judges to take the gold medal in the women’s synchronized 3m springboard final with an impressive 316.53 total points.
Keeney and Smith got off to a solid start, managing a score of 49.80 on a back dive and a 49.20 score on a back dive for their second round.
Individual silver medalist Brittany O’Brien and her partner Esther Qin also got off to a solid start in their first two dives, scoring 46.80 and 45.60.
Keeney and Smith then took a 2 1/2 inward somersault with 71.60 points for their third dive, consolidating the halfway lead while O’Brien and Qin managed to stay in fourth place with 64.80.
The fourth dive lap saw Keeney & Smith continue to amass big points and began building the lead with a stunning forward 3 1/2 somersaults of 75.33.
O’Brien and Qin floundered on their fourth dive and landed in fifth place with a score of 46.80.
Despite the strong efforts of Malaysian Yan Yee Ng & Nur Dhabitah Binti Sabri (299.85) and Canada’s Margo Erlam & Mia Vallee (297.00), Keeney & Smith’s final dive seemed to put an exclamation point on their gold medal win with a score of 71.10. forward 2 1/2 somersaults and a twist.
O’Brien & Qin finished fifth with a total of 64.80 points.