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Daley takes step towards Games with second gold

10th June 2012

European and Commonwealth champion Tom Daley won his second gold of the 2012 Olympic Diving Trials as he claimed the men’s 10m Platform title in Sheffield.

After joint success with Peter Waterfield in the men’s 10m synchro, Daley was victorious once more in the individual with a total score of 547.60 – less than 15 points shy of the score he obtained in the preliminaries.

I'm loving my diving at the moment. To finally dive well at nationals for once was good!

His performances in Sheffield have been the cherry on top of an already fantastic year in the build up to the London Olympic Games in which he reclaimed his European Championship title in Eindhoven and won overall World Series gold.

And Daley insisted he's happier than ever with his level of diving, heading into London 2012.

"I'm loving my diving at the moment," said Daley. "I've been trying to get more volume in my dives and get lots of numbers under my belt.

"To finally dive well at nationals for once was good; normally I don't do so well in those. The only years I've dived well are the 2009 Nationals and this year.

"Last year was the first year I did all my new list of dives, so now I know I'm in good shape going into the Games."

Waterfield took the silver after moving into second position at the end of round four, and remaining unchallenged. He earned himself a final score of 452.80, ahead of bronze medallist James Denny, whose final tally was 390.20.

In the women’s 3m springboard Olympian Rebecca Gallantree finished in first place, setting a British record as three divers topped 300 points for the first time in a British Championship 3m Springboard final.

Leading from her opening forward 2.5 somersaults 1 twist which earned her 72.00 points, Gallantree’s dives scored consistently throughout.

Having held the title of British Champion in this event for the last three years, the pressure was on for Gallantree to prove herself for a fourth time.

I sorted my head out, had a good rest, came back and performed.

City of Leeds teammates Alicia Blagg and Hannah Starling (City of Leeds DC) were hot on her tail and finished on 313.45 and 301.30 for silver and bronze respectively.

But Gallantree held her nerve and came out with a final score of 326.05.

“I had a few doubts this morning, but I sorted my head out, had a good rest, came back with a clear head and performed," said Gallantree, who qualified fifth from the preliminary. "I don't think I'd have been any less nervous if I'd done well.

“I couldn't be more happy for Alicia and Hannah. They have been pushing me every step of the way, they've been chasing me for a couple of years and I've been trying to stay ahead.”

Her Olympic participation will not be confirmed until the team is announced in full on Monday, but Gallantree was delighted at having put her name at the top of the list.

“I didn't get the score I needed in the prelim, but hopefully my final score will make up for that. Competing [at the Aquatics Centre] at the Diving World Cup in February was fantastic - I definitely want to go back there for the Olympics.”

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