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Fifth for Daley in World 10m Platform final

24 July 2011

Tom Daley brought his 2011 World Diving Championship campaign to a close with a fifth-place finish in the 10m Platform in Shanghai.

The 17-year old defending champion performed tidily throughout, scoring more than 80 for five of his dives as he finished with a total of 505.10

I'm pleased to have finished fifth - there were a number of world class divers tonight who were diving amazingly.

China’s World Series champion Qiu Bo (585.45) dominated the competition to win gold ahead of USA’s David Boudia (544.25) and Germany’s Sascha Klein (534.50)

And with the top three regularly picking up scores of 90.00 and above, Commonwealth champion Daley ultimately fell 29.4 points short of the podium places in China.

"I'm pretty pleased to have finished fifth today," Daley said. "There were a number of world class divers out there tonight who were all diving amazingly.

"I think my consistency has improved here and my new armstand dive was pretty good today and I'm pleased with this.

"The London Olympics really excites me and I can't wait to have the opportunity to compete in front of that home crowd. The World Series in Sheffield was amazing because of the crowd and there were only 600 people there and it'll be incredible when we have thousands in London."

While he missed out on the medals, there were positives to take for Daley as he scored topped the 90 point mark for two of his dives, receiving 92.75 for his armstand back 3.5 somersaults pike and 90.75 for his final effort, a reverse 3.5 somersaults tuck.

Having earned a quota place for Great Britain at London 2012 courtesy of reaching the final in Shanghai, the teenager’s top-eight finish also guarantees him a spot in next year’s lucrative World Series competition.

Daley’s 10m Synchro teammate Peter Waterfield also reached the final in China to secure a second British quota place for next year’s Olympics.

The 30-year old, who has struggled with illness and a wrist injury in Shanghai, finished 11th in the final on 416.55.

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