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Waterfield beats Daley to National Cup title

7 Feb 2010

The final day of competition of the British Gas National Cup 2010 saw Olympic silver medallist Peter Waterfield beat World Champion Tom Daley to the gold medal in the men’s 10m Individual.


Southampton Diving’s Waterfield started the competition with his Front 3 ½ Somersaults piked and he left the water to scores of nines and tens to give himself the perfect start.

Daley performed his new dive the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists piked in the first round and improved the entry from this morning to score well.

Waterfield showed his experience by finishing his dives well in every round. His penultimate dive, the Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults tucked, scored him four tens as he extended his lead over the World Champion.

Daley missed his entry on his Armstand Back triple Somersaults tucked to let Waterfield move further ahead of him.

The final round saw Waterfield perform the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists and he scored a total of 82.80 to take a total of 523.65. Daley’s final dive was the Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults and although his entry was excellent it wasn’t enough to take victory from Waterfield.

“I just came here to do as well as I could,” Waterfield said. “It is my first big competition back after the Olympics and my surgery and so I just wanted to get a good performance under my belt.

“I have been doing well in training and so I knew I had those dives in me and I am really happy with that performance. Because of the draw I was obviously diving before Tom and that meant I could put pressure on him.

“I have just beaten the World Champion but that wasn’t the aim for the competition, for me it was about the performance and today has given me a good confidence boost for the rest of the year.”

Daley scored a total of 483.60 to win the silver and afterwards commented: “I'm disappointed to be second but there are a lot of positives I can take from that performance.

“Everyone has an off day but what really pleased me was the new dive where I scored 8.5s the first time I've used it in competition.

“On paper you would say the world champion is supposed to win the British championships but sport doesn't work like that.

“Pete is an incredible diver and Olympic silver medal and he had a fantastic day today.

“It’s nice to have such strong competition in Britain but I don't like what I'm feeling at this moment so I'll go away and work harder to try to make sure it doesn't happen again.”

The bronze medal went to Max Brick (Southampton Diving) with a final score of 425.15. The top three divers all performed the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists in both the prelim and the final.

Olympian Rebecca Gallantree won her third title of the National Cup after winning the women’s 3m Individual with a lead of 40 points.

Gallantree showed her skill to take the lead from her first dive and she managed to keep her lead throughout the competition by executing her dives well.

The City of Leeds diver, who had the hardest dives of the competition in her list, went into the final round with almost a 20 point lead and she executed her Back 2 ½ Somersaults piked  and scored 58.80 to finish the competition with 305.80 points.

“I'm really pleased,” Gallantree said. “I turned in two very consistent dive lists which is important for me.

“I was looking for consistency and a good performance rather than a score coming into the event but I'm delighted with a 305 result.

“I've got a busy year ahead with my individual events as well as two very exciting synchro partnerships and this is a great way to start it off.”

Gallantree’s third gold medal finished off a successful meet for the City of Leeds diving club after their divers won five golds, two silver and one bronze medal.

Head Coach Adrian Hinchliffe commented: “That performance tops off a great weekend for City of Leeds with a whitewash of the women's titles.

“Becky thoroughly deserves her success. She is the hardest working diver in the country who averages over 2000 dives a month. That's a good score and puts her up there in the world's top 12.”

Crystal Palace’s Jessica Williams won silver with a score of 267.50 and Grace Reid (Edinburgh DC) took bronze after scoring 260.55.


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