Daley dominates European final
20 May 2012
Tom Daley stormed to 10m Platform gold with a dominant performance at the European Diving Championships in Eindhoven.
Daley shone in the final in what has been an historic week for the British Gas GBR Diving Team after Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow also won gold in the 10m Synchro.
That is my second personal best in the last month and I think that shows that I'm consistently improving.
The double Commonwealth champion went into the lead in the early rounds but it was his impressive Front 4 1/2 Somersaults tucked that saw him pull away from the field.
Daley finished the final with a flourish after scoring three 10s for his Reverse 3 1/2 Somersaults tucked. His final score was a new personal best of 565.05.
"I am so excited to be European Champion for the second time," Daley said. "There was plenty of good things in that final but also things to work on.
"I scored a new personal best score which is pretty good. That is my second in the last month and I think that shows that I am consistently improving.
"To win the overall prizes for synchro and individual at the World Series gave me good confidence ahead of this competition.
"The Front 4.5 has been pretty consistent this year. I have scored over 100 points four times which has been really promising. Tonight I didnt have the best start to the dive but I managed to come out of it and then got a good end to it so I managed to score well for it.
"Next is the Olympic Trials and I am going to go and work hard in training to make sure that I can put in the best performance possible in Sheffield. But right now I am really happy to have that European title."
Earlier in the day, Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg secured fifth place in the women's 3m Synchro with a promising performance.
Having qualified in second for the final, the pair dropped points in the second and third rounds but pulled themselves back up the leaderboard to finish with 258.90 points.