Daley edged out of 10m medals on Day two
16th April 2011
World and Commonwealth champion Tom Daley set a season’s best in the 10m Platform but was edged out of the medals on Day Two of the FINA/Midea Diving World Series in Sheffield.
Daley - who clinched 10m Synchro gold with Peter Waterfield on Friday - eventually finished the final on 507.35 but had to settle for fourth as China won all four golds on day two at Ponds Forge.
The men’s 10m Platform, the sport’s blue riband event, saw elite diving at its best from all competitors throughout the competition.
China’s Qui Bo, who scored more than 600 points in the first two legs of this season’s World Series, looked on good form from his first dive, scoring 91.20.
His Armstand Back Triple Somersault piked saw him score six 10s as the crowd cheered his exit from the water.
Daley started the final well and lay in second place after the first two rounds but a mistake on his Armstand Back Triple Somersaults piked saw him lose ground, falling to the bottom of the leader board.
The British diver picked up with his next two dives but the podium places proved just out of reach.
“To be able to get my highest score of the season when missing a dive for 5s and 5.5s is quite nice,” Daley said.
“Obviously I am disappointed with one of my dives but I have just got to make sure I can try to improve and focus for my next competition in Mexico.
“My new dives are going quite well at the moment. I scored 9.5s for me Back 3.5 which is the best that I have done internationally.
"Overall I am really pleased with this weekend. My dives were a bit inconsistent in Moscow and Beijing so to come here and do so well has given me a bit of confidence for this season.”
Bo continued his excellence and he won gold with 586.55 points. His teammate Huo Liang captured silver with a score of 561.70 while USA’s David Boudia won bronze with a score of 534.55.
Peter Waterfield missed out on his place in the final by just 0.6 points after finishing fourth in his semi-final with a total of 468.15.
After making his return from an anterior cruciate ligament tear early last year, the British crowd cheered on Ben Swain as he made his return to competition with Nicholas Robinson-Baker in the 3m Synchro.
The British pair secured a respectable 100.80 points for their required dives and went into the third round in a strong position but it was the Chinese pair of Qin Kai and Luo Yutong that were dominating early on.
Kai and Yuntong were within reaching distance of the gold medal after their fourth dive and while they dropped their penultimate dive, they recovered with their final effort, scoring 9s to take gold with 460.23.
Silver went to Yahel Castillo and Daniel Islas (Mexico) with a score of 451.71 and the American pair of Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen scored 425.73 to take bronze.
Robinson-Baker and Swain finished seventh with a total of 395.88.
“I am feeling good after that performance,” Swain said. “I really wanted to do better but I got through the whole list without pain for the first time.
“It was great to be back on the boards with Nick again. It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done to come back from injury and it felt really good to be in front of the home crowd.”
The women’s 10m Synchro saw Chinese pair, Roulin Chen and Hao Wang, secure the gold with 347.46 ahead of Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (325.71) and Australia's Melissa Wu and Alex Croak (325.26).
Britain’s Rebecca Gallantree and Megan Sylvester finished in fifth place with a score of 294.90. They showed impressive synchronicity after just two training sessions together.
He Zi won her second individual gold of this season’s FINA/Midea Diving World Series in the 3m Springboard after putting in a consistent performance throughout the final.
Zi finished with a total of 396.95 to win gold. Silver went to her team-mate Minxia Wu who took a total of 370.35 while Canada’s Jennifer Abel scored 341.40 for bronze.
Gallantree finished in sixth place in the second semi-final with a score of 263.60.