Matthew Mitcham had joked after picking up his sixth career Commonwealth Games silver in the synchronised three metre platform on Friday morning, that it was lucky that the colour suited his complexion. However, by the end of the day, Mitcham had the gold he had dearly wanted when he teamed with Domonic Bedggood to win the synchronised 10m platform.
In a thrilling final round of dives, Mitcham and Bedggood finished with 399.54 points, narrowly ahead of England pair Tom Daley and James Denny (399.36). As there were only four teams in the final, a bronze medal was not awarded.
It was Australia's first gold, after two silvers and a bronze, in the diving competition, which is being held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh rather than Glasgow.
Mitcham revealed how much the result meant to him with his celebrations.
"I think maybe I attached a little bit more significance to this then what maybe other people might attach to a Commonwealth Games gold medal but having come second so many times I was kind of almost resigned to the fact that maybe I was just going to have a whole collection of silvers," Mitcham said.
"So I did set the expectations to be much higher than perhaps normal which has a lot of risk associated with it so I think that is why I might have jumped around a little bit ungraciously when it came up on the scoreboard that we had actually won."
The reaction however did not seem to bother great rival Daley.
"No that's just Matt. If you know Matt or ever meet Matt you'd realise he's a ray of sunshine to put it politely," Daley.
The England pair has set up a thrilling finish when they nailed a forward 4 1/2 somersault to pick up 95.46 points on their final dive, which brought a raucous reaction from the crowd and some celebrations from the divers themselves.
"I did see that actually and I thought that's a very exuberant celebration for the middle of competition but it was an amazing dive," Mitcham said.
"The front 4 1/2 (somersault) has been notoriously one of the most difficult dives performed in the world and the fact that they're doing it synchronised adds another element to it, so they had the highest degree of difficulty dive in the competition and then they nailed it. The crowd was going crazy."
However, it was short lived as the Australians did enough on their back 2 1/2 somersault with 2 1/1 twists to edge past them, with Mitcham paying tribute to his partner Badggood.
"I couldn't have a better partner because Dom actually beat me in the trials leading into this competition so what more can you ask for then the best diver in Australia to compete synchro with," he said.
Bedggood was a national squad gymnast until three years ago when he fractured his back while training on the high beam.
"I just landed smack bang in the middle and wrapped around it like a pretzel and after that my back was never the same," Bedggood said.
He said Mitcham had greatly assisted him with transition to diving.
"He just picks us up when we're down," Bedggood said. "In the third round we didn't have a great dive but he was just like 'we've got this' and I believed him and in our last dive we went out there and nailed it and I'm very happy to be a part of him winning his first gold."
Meanwhile, Maddison Keeney was left ruing a mistake on her fourth dive that may have cost her the gold in the women's one-metre springboard final. Nerves got the better of the Keeney and she felt her knee buckle as she approached her take off.
She aborted after her first hop, maintaining her balance on the springboard and was allowed to retake the dive. She was however penalised two points from each judge's score, a total of 14 points. Keeney finished on 281.95 points, only 5.20 points behind the Canada's Jennifer Abel (287.25) with fellow Australian Esther Qin taking the bronze with 278.65.
"It's always good coming away with a medal but I'm a bit disappointed I didn't end up with gold that's what I was aiming for," Keeney said.
"My legs buckled because I was just nervous and then I had to refocus after that and then just do it. If I hadn't have baulked then things might have been different but what's done is done."
"My first Commonwealth Games coming away with at least a silver and a bronze, I can't complain about that. I've just got to look at it as a learning curve and do better next time.
Gold medal winner Jennifer Abel said she could sympathise with Keeney.
"She's so strong. I'm not used to seeing a girl who's as strong as I am. Since I was 16 I have had one of the biggest lists and today wasn't the case," Abel said.
"It's really hard mentally and physically and her knee buckled and then she came up with a strong dive. It's pretty good from her and I'm impressed by her."
Fifteen year old Brisbane school girl Georgia Sheehan finished fourth on 278.60, just 0.05 behind teammate Qin.
"I'm ecstatic. I wasn't coming here expecting to do that good so missing out on bronze by 0.5 is crazy. It's so amazing for me," Sheehan said.
In the morning session, Mitcham and Grant Nel finished second in the synchronised three-metre springboard. The pair finished on 403.14 points, behind comprehensive winners England pair Jack Laugher and Chris Mears (431.94) with another England pairing of Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward (364.41) taking the bronze.