Diver Liam Stone picks up second top 10 finish in Birmingham

Brodyn Knuckey
Source: 1News

New Zealand diver Liam Stone has added a second top 10 finish to his card at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games with an 8th place finish in the men's 3m springboard on Sunday morning.

Liam Stone in action in Birmingham.

Stone qualified eighth for the final earlier in the day with fellow Kiwi Frazer Tavener joining him.

The 25-year-old opened with a forward two-and-a-half somersaults finished with a twist although it resulted in his equal-lowest score of the day - a 63.00 from the judges to leave him in 11th.

However three dives that scored in the mid 60s over his next four jumps saw him slowly make his way up the leaderboard before he sealed a top 10 finish with his most difficult dive of the final - a forward two-and-a-half somersaults with two twists.

The judges rewarded Stone with a 74.80 score for a combined score of 373.30, ensuring he'd place above Canada's Bryden Robert Hattie who finished in 9th 20 points back.

Tavener finished last in the field of 12 with a combined score of 312.60.

Stone's efforts follow his previous finish of 6th in the 1m springboard final at this year's Games - his first big competition after being forced to withdraw from last year's Olympics with an untimely injury.

"It's been a tough journey the last five years or so - there's been ups and downs and gone through burnout, came back, then got injured before Tokyo and had to take about 18 months off," Stone told 1News earlier this week.

"I started training back in December and I wasn't sure if I'd even be here to be honest so just to be here is incredible and I'm just soaking up and loving every moment."

England swept the podium in the final with Daniel Goodfellow winning the gold with a combined score of 484.45. He was joined by fellow countrymen Jordan Houlden and Jack Laugher who took silver and bronze respectively.