Daley on course for diving medal

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Tom Daley qualified in third place for tonight's 10 metre platform final at the World Championships in Rome.

The 15-year-old reproduced his consistency of yesterday's preliminaries with his opening dives but his final two attempts elevated him to fifth and then third.

The judges awarded the Plymouth diver a string of 9/9.5s on those two dives and he ended up on 498.75 points, only 0.25 behind Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham.

Qui Bo, the Chinese diver who pipped Daley to the world junior title last September, looked in ominous form and was a clear winner with 521.15.

Daley's final starts at 5.45pm local time.