Dominant display from Daley and Lee while Torrance and Reid secure Olympic spotMay 1, 2021
Tom Daley and Matty Lee dominate while Katherine Torrance and Grace Reid secure an Olympic spot on the opening day of the FINA Diving World Cup.
The newly-built Tokyo Aquatics Centre is playing host to the event, which provides an opportunity for British Diving to secure some remaining Olympic qualification slots.
Daley and Lee, who are already heading to Tokyo, were crowned World Cup champions in the Men’s 10m Synchro and took the gold medals.
After finishing on top in the preliminary round, with 441.72 points, the pair improved in the final to come away with a 453.60 total, giving them a winning margin of 47.91 points.
The pair were on top form in round five as they executed an impressive reverse 3 ½ somersaults with tuck to earn a score of 89.76.
Their overall score would have earned them silver at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, the competition in which they claimed bronze.
Closest rivals to the GB duo were Mexico’s Randal Willars Valdez and Ivan Garcia Navarro who earned the silver medals (405.69) followed by Canada’s Vincent Riendeau and Nathan Zsombor-Murray in third (393.81).
Returning to Tokyo
The Women’s 3m Synchro event saw Katherine Torrance and Grace Reid secure an Olympic spot and ensure their return to Tokyo for the rearranged Games after finishing in sixth place.
Their best score came in round four after a strong reverse 2 ½ somersaults with pike scored a total of 66.60 points.
Their overall score of 276.00 was 41.16 points off the eventual winners in China’s Yani Chang and Yiwen Chen, who finished with 317.16 to win gold.
Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini Beaulieu finished in second place (289.98) followed by the Italian duo of Chiara Pellacani and Elena Bertocchi in third (283.77).
Day two will see Lois Toulson and Eden Cheng compete in the Women’s 10m Synchro, with Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow featuring in the Men’s 3m Synchro.