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21 Jul 2009
Fifteen year old Tom Daley became the first ever British World Diving Champion with an excellent performance in the men’s 10m Individual final.

Daley went head-to-head with the Olympic champion Matt Mitcham, silver medallist Luxin Zhou and junior world champion Qui Bo in this evening’s final. Daley knew he had to bring something special out of the bag because his list of dives has a lower tariff than the other competitors. 

The Olympic finalist scored 498.75 in his semi final to leave him in third place for the final and he started his competition with a steady dive of Back 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ Twists piked to scored to put him in the lead of the world class field.

Daley performed his lowest tariff dive in the second round and moved down the leader board to fourth place and he knew he had to just score consistently in order to remain within his strong position. After the second round the competition turned into a four horse race with Daley, Mitcham, Xhou and Bo pulling away from the field.

Daley remained in fourth place until the penultimate round when he moved to third place after Zhou missed his dive and with the final round coming up he knew that he had to perform his Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults tucked well in order to win a medal.

He performed his final dive excellently and scored four tens to push him above Zhou and guarantee him at least a bronze medal. Mittcham dropped his Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists piked to mean he finished below Zhou and out of the medals meaning Daley was guaranteed silver.

It was all down to Bo’s final dive and he dropped marks with a poor entry and scored less than Daley to mean that the British Gas diver became the youngest  ever World Champion with a total score of 539.85 points.

“I can’t believe it,” Daley said. “I was obviously giving it my very best but I honestly thought I would finish fourth as the guys ahead of me were all diving superbly.

“I would have been happy with fourth as my only aim was to dive well but to go from fourth to bronze to silver and then gold was unbelievable.

“I woke up today thinking I would just enjoy the competition, it is just an amazing sensation. It was unthinkable what happened, I just fell to the floor.

“I just didn’t know what to do. All of the hard work from everyone has really paid off. I am totally stunned.”

Silver was won by Bo with a score of 532.20 and Zhou took bronze with a score of 530.55 points.


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

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