Rose gold Australians have enjoyable in bronze as wrestler Jayden Lawrence fights for the survival of his sport on the Commonwealth Video games

The Boomers introduced bronze to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with their historic medal nicknamed “rose gold” in males’s basketball.

And on the Commonwealth Video games, the rose gold glow is actual.

By Australian requirements, it was an extended anticipate a wrestling medal of any colour – 12 years.

Jayden Lawrence had been to 2 earlier video games and had misplaced a bronze medal in Glasgow 2014.

Lawrence competed in 74kg males’s wrestling on the Glasgow Video games in 2014, however narrowly missed the medals.(Getty Pictures: Richard Heatcote)

He earned one other bronze shot, this time in opposition to Edward Lessing of South Africa, within the males’s 86kg freestyle, and received a detailed match 12-11.

“Unimaginable, truthfully. I am thrilled,” he stated.

“That is what Australian wrestling has been like after these earlier two that we did not get any medals on the Video games.

“However I assure you that this time we’ll get extra. I assure you.”

Lawrence suffered a lateral cruciate ligament tear in his final sport, “so within the final two fights I used to be combating [on] a leg and a half, “he stated.

The 27-year-old from Sydney collapsed on his again and put his fingers on his face as he immersed himself within the second on the finish of the struggle.

“I gave up quite a bit to do that sport, nevertheless it’s actually value it,” he stated.

“We do not receives a commission an excessive amount of, I do not get something. However I am going to do it once more.”

At this stage, wrestling just isn’t scheduled for the Victoria 2026 Video games and Lawrence hopes its success will power a rethink.

“We hope this takes us over the sting and we’ll get wrestling again.”

Bronze for the brand new diving duo

On the dive, Sam Fricker was in turmoil after taking bronze with Li Shixin within the males’s 3-meter synchronized springboard.

“I am so excited, it was a dream to have the Commonwealth Video games stroll away with a medal is simply unbelievable,” Fricker stated.

20-year-old Fricker and 34-year-old former Chinese language world champion Li, who’ve competed for Australia since 2019, competed collectively for the primary time internationally.

Two male divers bounce off a springboard during an event
Li (proper) dropped out of retirement to compete in Tokyo after turning into an Australian citizen.(Getty Pictures: PA Pictures / Tim Goode)

“That is the start. Sammy is younger,” Li stated.

“We’ve got lots of time. It is the way forward for Diving Australia. I am simply serving to them enhance.”

Li was recruited in Australia as a diving coach in 2014: he gained citizenship in 2019 and dropped out of retirement to compete in final yr’s Tokyo Olympics.

Fricker stated he was honored to compete together with his legendary teammate and used some recommendation from one of many crew’s veterans, Melissa Wu, to remain calm.

“You simply need to be within the second,” he stated.

“When you will have breakfast, have breakfast, when you’re on the bus, benefit from the experience.

“When you will have that dive to do, it is all you deal with, and it is all you will have management over. So, whether or not we are the first or the final, that is what we’re attempting to do in that second.”

The British Anthony Harding and Jack Laugher took gold, whereas the Australians completed simply 2.25 factors for the Malaysian silver medalists Gabriel Daim and Muhammad Syafiq Bin Puteh.

Australia received a pair extra scuba medals on the Sandwell Aquatics Heart, with Brittany O’Brien taking silver within the 1 meter springboard, behind Canada’s Mia Vallée.

And Dom Bedgood and Cassiel Rousseau took bronze within the males’s synchronized 10 meters, with gold for England and silver for Canada.

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