The world’s two most famous openly gay divers had a very good night Friday (1 August) at the Commonwealth Games.
Australia’s Matthew Mitcham and his partner Domonic Bedggood took the gold medal in 10m platform pairs.
They survived a late challenge by Britain’s Tom Daley and partner James Denny who took a surprise silver.
Mitcham shared his joy on Twitter: ‘OMG FINALLY!!! Lol after 6 Comm Games silvers, I finally have a gold one!!’
Daley and Denny had gone into the final round in last place.
What makes their finish all the more remarkable is that Daley and Denny were a last minute replacement for Dan Goodfellow and Matty Lee who had to pull out due to injury.
Daley and Denny had only trained together three times, according to the Plymouth Herald.
Said Daley after the event: ‘If we had been told we were going to get a silver medal and do the dive we did at the end, we’d have been like, "Okay, whatever." It was agonizingly close (to gold) and we know that, but at the end of the day we are really happy.’
Daley and Mitcham will square off again on Saturday in the individual event. Daley won the gold in the event in Delhi in 2008.
Daley’s boyfriend, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, posted a photo on social media of Daley holding the silver medal with this caption: ‘So proud of my man.’