21st April 2013
Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley sealed his second career individual World Series gold with victory in front of a home crowd in Edinburgh at the third leg of the 2013 FINA/Midea Diving World Series.
Competing in his first international event of the season, the 18-year old Brit won a thrilling final, holding off Russia’s Victor Minibaev by less than five points as he scored 542.15 for gold.
I knew I had to get 10s to stay in the competition and I just held that attitude for my last four dives.
Daley was lying third after his opening two dives but chalked up the top-scoring dive of the World Series leg with 102.60 for his third effort – a back 3 ½ somersaults piked.
With the crowd behind him, the Brit carved his way to the top of the leaderboard, receiving a 10 for his final dive – a reverse 3 ½ somersaults with tuck – to score 92.4 and seal the title.
Minibaev - who finished fourth behind Daley at the London 2012 Olympic Games last season – settled for silver on 537.60 while Mexico’s Ivan Garcia claimed the first individual World Series medal of his career with bronze on 504.50.
“It’s great for where I am right now in my training cycle and the whole four-year cycle,” said Daley, who was overall World Series champion last season.
“It was quite a close competition from the word go really. I missed my first two dives which was quite frustrating but I had to have the right mindset to keep going and believe anything could happen.
“Victor is an incredible diver – when he’s diving well, he dives very well. I knew I had to get 10s to stay in the competition and I just held that attitude for my last four dives.”
Ukraine’s Anton Zakharov was the diver to miss out on the podium as he scored 484.25 to finish fourth in his first World Series appearance.
Men’s 10m Platform Results
SILVER – Victor Minibaev (Russia) (537.60)
BRONZE – Ivan Garcia (Mexico) (504.50)
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