Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix: Commonwealth Games medal haul raises hopes and expectations for Paris Olympics


Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix has vowed to come back even stronger next season, having won three Commonwealth Games medals – including double gold – at Birmingham 2022.

The 17-year-old, who was part of the British squad at the last Olympics but went largely unnoticed, finished the final day of competition yesterday with gold in the 10m mixed synchronized diving competition alongside by Noah Williams.

This added to a gold medal in the individual event as well as a silver medal in the women’s synchronized event to mark her as a potential star for the upcoming Olympics in Paris.

Spendolini-Sirieix will participate in the next European Championships before concluding an impressive season.

After her exploits in Birmingham, she said: “Now we have the Europeans, so I will focus on that. After that, I’m going to take a break, take a summer vacation and come back even stronger.

The England athlete was again cheered on from the stands by her father, First Dates TV star Fred Sirieix.

Her medal haul will only heighten expectations, but she said, “I’m not going to pressure myself.

“Whether there is external pressure or not, the internal pressure is the one that brings you down. But I’m very excited for the next two years.

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix won three medals at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

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“I’m learning to manage the pressure in competition. If I can keep the internal pressure under control, that’s good. I am still learning and I will make mistakes.

“It gave me a lot of confidence, but success in competition comes from hard training and hard work.”

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