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Daley and Waterfield seventh at World Cup

23rd February 2012

Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield fell agonisingly short of a medal on their first visit to London Aquatics Centre as they finished seventh at the FINA Diving World Cup.

The British Gas GBR Diving team duo were sitting in third position with two dives remaining but with both dropping their forward 4 ½ somersaults – the highest difficulty tariff on their list – the pair slipped out of contention.

Daley and Waterfield bounced back to score 82.08 for their last dive but ultimately finished on 419.97 with China (481.29) taking gold ahead of Mexico (460.17) and Germany (457.41).

We know that one dive can make all the difference between having a medal and not.

But while they missed the medals on this occasion, there were encouraging signs as the Brits out-scored their efforts from last summer’s World Championships on three of their four optional dives.

A score of 91.08 on their reverse 3 1/2 somersaults was the highlight of the list and having also racked up a solid 106.8 for their opening two required dives, Daley insisted they would take positives away from their final performances.

"It was better than this morning and it was one of the best requireds that we've done internationally," said Daley.

"It was just one of the harder ones we missed and that's what happens with a sport like diving.

"You don't know what's going to happen on the day and we know that one dive can make all the difference between having a medal and not."

Waterfield added: "It was good to get to the final with a new crowd and we tried to put some pressure on in the final.

"We've got a lot we want to improve but it was a big improvement on the preliminaries this morning which was important."

Rebecca Gallantree became the third diver of the week to seal Great Britain an Olympic quota place as she finished ninth in the 3m Springboard preliminaries.

Following on from Monique Gladding (10m Platform) and Chris Mears (3m Springboard), the 27-year old eased through the preliminary, scoring consistently throughout her five dives.

Her opening dive – a forward 2 ½ somersaults, 1 twist piked – was the best of her list, scoring 72 and setting the tone for her performance.

It was fantastic out there - the crowd was just amazing.

And Gallantree admitted the crowd had played its part in seeing her through to tomorrow morning’s semi-final.

“It was fantastic out there – the crowd was just amazing,” said Gallantree. “Standing on that board having the whole place cheering for you was really inspiring.

“I was really pleased with my performance. It was actually just one point off my pb that I scored at nationals last month so I’m a little bit annoyed because my last dive could have been better.

“But overall I’m really pleased.”

Gallantree’s City of Leeds teammate Hannah Starling was also in action in the 3m Springboard preliminaries but missed out on the 18-woman semi-final spot by just 6.35 points, finishing an agonising 19th place for the second World Cup in succession.

I’m just going to go to the dive-off and do my best and hopefully do all my dives like I know I can.

The 16-year old scored 293.95 – more than 50 points more than her tally from 2010 and a score which would have seen her reach the semi-final at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai.

And Starling admitted her performance has put in her good stead to secure a second Olympic quota place for Great Britain in the 3m Springboard dive off on the final day in London.

“I’m really happy with the way I dived and it was an incredible feeling,” said Starling. “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

“It was amazing standing on the board knowing the whole crowd are behind you.

“I’m just going to go to the dive-off and do my best and hopefully do all my dives like I know I can.”

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