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Daley and Brick progress to world final

24 July 2009

British Gas divers Tom Daley and Max Brick succeeded in reaching their first World Championship final as they put in a good performance to leave them ranked in tenth place for tomorrow’s final.

The new pairing have only previously competed at two competitions and started their event with confidence. They scored well in their required dives, the Inward ½ Somersault piked and the Front 1 ½ Somersaults piked, and went into the first optional round of dives in sixth place.

Daley and Brick dropped a couple of marks for some splashy entries in rounds three and five and moved to tenth place.

The duo reached their first major international final with a points score of 396.36 and took tenth place overall.

“We wanted to reach the final and we have done that today,” Daley said. “It was an ok performance and we did what we needed to do.

“We are still quite a new pair and so this is all about experience for us and hopefully we can get a top eight finish in the final.”

Max Brick added: “I am really happy that we have gone out and made the final. It was our first major international and to make the final is great.”

-ENDS-

The 13th FINA World Championships will take place from 17th July – 2nd August 2008 in Rome.

The British Gas squad consists of:

Charles Calvert – City of Leeds
Peter Waterfield – Southampton Diving
Nick Robinson-Baker – City of Sheffield
Ben Swain – City of Sheffield
Max Brick – Southampton Diving
Thomas Daley – Plymouth Diving
Rebecca Gallantree – City of Leeds
Brooke Graddon – Plymouth Diving
Tonia Couch – Plymouth Diving
Megan Sylvester – City of Sheffield
Monique Gladding – City of Sheffield

Diving events take place from 17th – 25th July
Synchro takes place from 18th – 25th July
Open Water takes place from 19th – 25th July
Swimming takes place from 26th July – 2nd August

For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org

About British Swimming
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British Gas, the biggest energy supplier in the country, has the lowest carbon intensity of any of the major UK energy suppliers in terms of tonnes of CO2 emitted per megawatt hour of electricity supplied to customers.  The company is one of the biggest investors in renewable power generation, principally offshore wind. Its recently completed Lynn and Inner Dowsing development, off the Lincolnshire coast, is the UK's largest offshore wind development. British Gas is committed to energy efficiency.  Our Energy Savers Report provides free expert advice on how you can cut energy use in the home and, in turn, save money.  So far, the report has shown over 2 million people how they could make an average saving of £175 a year.  To complete a report go to www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-efficiency/energy-savers-report

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