Daley progresses but admits a medal would be a miracle
July 27, 2013 18:47 pm
Tom Daley shrugged off injury concerns at the diving World Championships - but admits his medal hopes are slim in Barcelona.
Daley secured his progress to Sunday's 10m platform final but, as qualifying performances go, it was far from convincing.
The Olympic bronze medallist and former world champion progressed 13th through the preliminaries and seventh from his semi-final.
His points total was a modest, by his own high standards, 452.70, in comparison to American David Boudia, who topped the session with 534.40.
Daley tore his triceps in April and suffered a recurrence of the injury during Thursday's warm-up - and his involvement was in doubt until the very last minute.
“Anything can happen but medals aren’t necessarily in the forefront of my mind," he admitted.
“I’m through to the final, that’s the main thing but it’s been a bit of a rough day.
“I woke up with sore triceps and when you wake up on competition day with that it’s the worst thing that could happen, because there’s so much force which goes through them.
“I’ve had to work with the medical team who have been so good, they’ve been nursing me back together.
"At the moment it’s hard to get better when I’m still diving on it but anything can happen. It’s going to be a tough one and everyone’s diving so well.
"With this tricep injury and the preparation I’ve had after being injured all year, it’s just one of those competitions where I have to go into it and give it my best shot knowing it’s kind of a miracle to even compete."
Daley's British team-mate Daniel Goodfellow finished 28th in the first qualifying session, failing to reach the semis in his first major international event.
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