Daley and Lee win World Series gold in LondonMay 17, 2019
Tom Daley and Matty Lee dominated to win Men’s 10m Synchronised Platform gold on the final leg of the 2019 FINA Diving World Series at the London Aquatics Centre.
The British pair won bronze in this event in Kazan last week, but stepped up in front of their home crowd to win with a mammoth total of 477.90 points.
That was over 80 points more than they managed in Kazan, and 33 points more than the Chinese pair’s winning total last week.
Daley and Lee led heading into their final dive in London and made sure of the gold medal with a stunning effort which commentators labelled as ‘a potentially Olympic gold medal-winning score’.
That dive yielded 104.34 points, featuring a perfect 10 from one of the judges.
'Oh my goodness me! That's an Olympic gold medal winning score!' 🥇
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) May 17, 2019
The pair have enjoyed a successful first season together, winning three World Series medals out of the five legs, beginning with a silver in Montreal.
The result meant they finished in joint second place in the overall rankings, level on 108 points with Russia and 24 points behind World Series champions China.
Daley has now won nine medals during the 2019 World Series and will have the chance to add to his tally in the 10m platform and mixed 3m synchro springboard events on Sunday.
“Having a home crowd supporting feels so awesome,” Daley told Eurosport.
“I remember back at London 2012, the support, the cheering and the noise when you get in the water, it’s not very often in any sport that you can hear people cheering when you’re under the water. That’s a really special feeling.”
Lee added: “That competition just showed what we’re capable of and we haven’t really been able to show how good we can be at the World Series.
“We’ve had some good results, but I can’t explain how happy I am. That’s mad.”
Back-to-back medals for Britain
Earlier in the day, Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson won bronze in the Women’s 10m Synchro Platform for their first World Series medal of the season.
The British pair were guaranteed a medal, with just three entrants for the event, and they were ultimately outshone by the teams from China and North Korea.
But Cheng and Toulson finished emphatically with their best dive of the day to seal an encouraging total of 284.76 points.
Tickets are still on sale for the event and can be ordered from the British Swimming website.
Photo: Matty Lee’s Instagram page