Swimming: Daley cruises but organisers in hot water
Sunday 24 July 2011
Tom Daley made it through to the semi-finals of the 10m platform in eighth as he began the defence of his title here at the World Championships.
While Daley's progression was never in doubt, his Great Britain team-mate Pete Waterfield left it until the very last dive to cement his place yesterday, moving from 21st to 17th of the 18 qualifiers.
Waterfield, who is Daley's synchro partner, underwent painkilling injections in his wrists, and with his first effort being a handstand it meant he did not have enough power to push off and complete the dive.
Daley produced a consistent set of dives which saw him in the top six until his final effort, when he over-rotated on his reverse three-and-a-half- somersault, which was reflected in his marks, which ranged from 4.5 to 6.
Unsafe water temperatures created chaos in the 25km open water races, forcing more than a dozen swimmers to quit.Several competitors accused the organisers of acting irresponsibly by allowing the races to be held. The defending men's champion, Valerio Cleri of Italy, withdrew after four hours, saying it was "too hot and too dangerous" to continue. "There's not enough attention on the athletes," he added. "There should not have been a race here. The jury was irresponsible."
His team-mate, Edoardo Stochino, was pulled from the water about 50 minutes later and taken away on a stretcher as cold water was poured over his chest. He was checked out and returned a short time later.
Thomas Lurz of Germany and Alex Meyer of the United States were among those who decided not to start the race.
Meanwhile, Michael Phelps said he "feels like my old self" and is "excited" to compete at the World Championships after a frustrating year marked by losses and a lack of motivation and fitness.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Danny Ings to Liverpool: The Reds attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
Transfer news live: Juan Cuadrado Chelsea move confirmed; Louis van Gaal says Darren Fletcher will join West Ham
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
Kim Sears: Andy Murray defends fiancée's for outburst after a bad-tempered march to final
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 5 Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...