Diving: Tom Daley claims second World Series silver medal
Friday 23 March 2012
Tom Daley claimed his second World Series silver medal inside a week after an impressive performance alongside Peter Waterfield in the platform synchro in Beijing today.
After claiming second in the individual platform in Dubai last weekend, the 17-year-old today proved his Olympic medal hopes are just as strong in the synchro.
After an injury-interrupted start to the year Daley and veteran Waterfield have started to prove their world-class credentials, returning a score of 437.40 to take silver.
That represented their best international score since they claimed gold almost 12 months ago at the World Series meet in Sheffield.
Since then they have failed to reach the podium in a global competition to cast some doubt over their Olympic hopes.
They reached their lowest ebb last month when criticism over Daley's work ethic and media commitments from British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov came at the same time as they could only manage seventh at the World Cup in London.
But after overcoming their injury problems, and a solid block of training, the duo have steadily improved to rediscover their best form.
They were narrowly tipped into fourth place in the opening leg of the World Series last week before today's result, which saw them beaten only by Chinese duo Yanquan Zhang and Yuan Cao.
Daley, who will compete in the individual platform tomorrow, revealed his delight on his Twitter page, writing: "Silver in the world series synchro event in Beijing with Peter Waterfield - so chuffed!
"So pleased with our score and silver medal as scores were much higher....7th place score here would've got bronze in Dubai last week!"
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