Daley and Waterfield fourth in London
30th July 2012
Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield finished an agonising fourth in a nail-biting 10m Synchro final at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The British pair put in a world class performance, scoring their highest international score this season with 454.65 – less than nine points shy of USA’s David Boudia and Nick McCrory who took bronze on 463.47.
If you miss one dive in a field like this, you're gone so we did quite well to stay with them and finish fourth.
Having led the competition after three dives, a score of 71.28 for their fourth effort saw them drop to fourth and the Brits couldn’t repair the damage in the last two rounds.
China's World Cup champions Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan won gold on 486.78 with Mexico's German Sanchez Sanchez and Ivan Garcia Navarro taking silver on 468.90.
And Daley admitted he and Waterfield had done well to finish fourth after such a low score for one of their dives.
“If you miss one dive in a field like that you’re gone,” said Daley.
“We did quite well to stay with them and finish fourth because with 71 points in a competition like this, it’s unheard of to still finish in the top four.
“It started off really well. We got a personal best for the requireds and our third dive was really good. It was just our fourth dive
“But the crowd have been amazing. I’m getting emotional thinking about it because they were everything we dreamed of.“
The Brits led the competition with a near flawless performance in their opening three rounds and were two points clear of eventual gold medallists China.
But just one mistake cost Daley and Waterfield as they both faltered in their execution of their fourth dive – their reverse 3.5 somersaults – to slip to fourth place.
The British pair recovered to score 87.69 and 91.80 for their fifth and sixth efforts to give themselves every chance of clawing back into the podium positions.
But consistent performances from the Americans as well as champions China (486.78) and silver medallists Mexico (468.90) meant Daley and Waterfield settled for fourth place.
Our last two dives were brilliant but just not enough. It wasn't our day.
And Waterfield – who is competing at his fourth Games, having won 10m Synchro gold with Leon Taylor at the 2004 Olympics in Athens – admitted the strength of the field made it impossible to recover.
“In this competition, you can’t afford to make mistakes and unfortunately we left ourselves with a lot to do,” said Waterfield.
“Our last two dives were brilliant but just not enough. It wasn’t our day and it wasn’t meant to be but the crowd were amazing.
“It would have been lovely to stand on the rostrum for them but not today.”
Both Daley and Waterfield will return to the pool on 10th August for the preliminaries of the 10m Platform individual competition.