Daley racks up the tens for World Junior gold
13th October 2012
Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley topped off a record-breaking week for Britain’s divers at the World Junior Diving Championships with Group A Platform gold.
Daley was in imperious form throughout the prelim and consistent in the final, receiving a dozen 10s in the final to score 663.95 and win gold by more than 50 points.
Scoring straight tens on my last two dives is one of my best achievements.
“I’m really happy with my performance today,” said Daley. “Scoring straight tens on my last two dives was one of my best achievements.
“It has been an amazing week by the whole team and will be tough to beat.
“I’m looking forward to a break now and chilling out a bit before the National Cup in February.”
Yang Jian of China took silver with 611.95 with his teammate Chen Aisen in third with 597.20
Daley’s teammate Daniel Goodfellow was 18th overall with a score of 443.90.
Lydia Rosenthall was also in action in the Group B 3m Springboard and pulled out all the stops in a long preliminary session to match her European ranking to go into the final session in fourth.
She was a little down on her required scores but three solid optional dives pulled through the field with a score of 349.50.
In the final, the 14-year-old from Leeds couldn’t quite maintain her morning form as she finished 11th with a score of 323.15.
The week has been out of this world and Tom was phenomenal today.
Julian Bellan, Junior Development Manager, was delighted with his team’s performance in what has been the most successful meet by a British team at a World Junior DIving Championships with six medals.
“This week has been out of this world and Tom was phenomenal today,” said Bellan. “In some ways there was more pressure on him here because he had an Olympic medal.
“The standard of the field has been higher than any recent world junior diving championships in all events, but especially in the platform. Tom held it together and completely nailed his dives scoring well deserved 10s.
“This has been the most successful championships by far, we have two gold, two silver and two bronze medals and set ups out aspirations for the next four years looking to Rio.
“We had lots of finalists, some in their first final at a competition at this level. The team spirit has been brilliant and Tom has proved a great mentor and role model for the rest of the team.”