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Brits take fourth place in Veracruz

Tom Daley finished his FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series with a fourth place finish in the men’s 10m Platform while Megan Sylvester and Monique Gladding also took fourth in the women’s 10m Synchro.

The final leg of the FINA/Li-Ning Diving World Series was due to take place in Sheffield but after air space was closed across much of Europe due to the volcanic eruptions in Iceland the event had to be rescheduled and was held in Veracruz, Mexico.

World Champion Daley has spent 2010 focusing on his individual list as he strives to perfect his higher tariff dives and in the final leg of the competition he secured his second highest score of the season.

Daley took on two Chinese athletes in his tough semi-final and qualified with a good score to put himself in a strong position for the final.

He executed his dives well in the final and took fourth place with a score of 519.70 which was just 0.9 points away from bronze.

Sylvester and Gladding have performed consistently throughout the 2010 Series and signed off with another promising result.


The British pair went straight through to the final and looked strong through the rounds finishing with a score of 296.38 which was just 0.32 points away from the bronze medal.

The divers impressed National Performance Director Alexei Evangulov with their versatility and he is now looking ahead to the Grand Prix season.

“Our divers competed well for the final leg in Mexcio,” Evangulov said. “They achieved some of the highest scores of the Series and it is promising for us to see how well they coped with the change of venue.

“We have organised a camp for the athletes that were due to compete in Sheffield and this is going well. This is good preparation for them for the FINA Grand Prix events.

“We have different teams for the FINA Grand Prix in Montreal and in Fort Lauderdale. These events are the qualification events for the FINA World Cup and I will be looking to see the athletes competing well in order to secure their place on the team.”
 

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