Two silver and a bronze for Shixin Li in Birmingham
It has been an epic week at the Commonwealth Games for SASI diver Shixin Li who has done South Australia proud in the pool winning two silver and a bronze medal.
Li competed in the Men’s 1m Springboard earning his first silver amid tough competition and captured Australia’s first diving medal of the Games.
On Li’s debut Games he topped the charts in the preliminary round and was a strong contender for gold, merely losing to England’s Jack Laugher by 10 points.
The 34-year-old took home third place alongside social media sensation Sam Fricker in the Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard.
Fricker deemed his partner to be “the coolest man ever” as the pair competed together internationally for the first time.
“Always nervous … but today getting the medal, even third, I’m more happy than yesterday,” Li said.
“Maybe next Commonwealth we’ll get a gold medal … yesterday second, today third, I think I’m just missing a gold.
“Or maybe tomorrow I will retire.”
The duo scored 374.52 points across six dives, with their Malaysian rivals nearly hitting the springboard on their final dive which left them at the back of the pack.
On the final day of the Games, Li came out and gave it his all securing another silver medal for Australia.
The China-born diver was partnered with 26-year-old Maddison Keeney to compete in the Mixed Synchronised 3m Springboard.
It was a last-minute decision to compete in the Mixed Synchronised Springboard with it being the veteran diver’s first time competing in the event.
The duo had only started training together two weeks prior to Birmingham and almost snatched the win from Scotland’s James Heatley and Grace Reid.
The two competitors were in the top spot before the final dive but a score of 67.50 was not enough to beat the Scottish pair’s impressive 74.40.
Despite the limited preparation Li and Keeney finished only 1.98 points behind Scotland.
Li also competed in the Men's 3m Springboard topping the ladder in the preliminary round but came 5th overall in the final.
It was another successful campaign for the SASI squad at the Birmingham Games with Li adding three medals to Australia’s chart topping tally.