Diving: Daley happy to add silver after gold in Sheffield world event
Monday 26 May 2008
One of Britain's best hopes for Olympic gold in Beijing prospered again in Sheffield yesterday. Having won gold with Blake Aldridge in Saturday's 10 metre platform synchro at the World Series event at Ponds Forge, Tom Daley took a silver medal in yesterday's individual 10m platform competition.
The 14-year-old scraped through to the last spot for the final, 0.7 points ahead of one of the Americans he had beaten into second place on Saturday, David Alasdair Boudia.
Daley then set the standard for an exciting final with nines across the board, but slipped back having over-rotated on his inward three -and-a-half somersaults dive. He fought his way back into the silver medal position, producing hardly a ripple in the water on his fifth-round dive, the back three-and-a-half somersaults.
China's Huo Laing retained his gold medal position, while Daley just managed to stave off pressure from a team-mate, Peter Waterfield, as they took silver and bronze respectively. Cuba's Jeinkler Aguirre finished in fourth place.
"There are a lot of tweaks I need to make for my next competition but this is all a learning curve," said Daley. "I'm really excited about this year and this has been another stepping stone."
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