Daley retains national title and aims to regain world crown
February 11, 2013 07:29 am
Tom Daley shock off a recent illness to retain his national 10m platform title - and he's already eyeing regaining his world title.
Daley, who won bronze at last year's London 2012 Olympics, beat his nearest rival by a massive 125 point margin in Plymouth.
And although his overall 501.00 score was 25 points shy of his mark last summer, Daley believes he is on course to make another big splash at this year's World Championships in Barcelona.
“It wasn’t too bad a start to the season – both my performances were over 500 which is all I can ask for really,” said Daley, who finished ahead of James Denny and Daniel Goodfellow.
“I’ve been trying to overcome a chest and throat infection to compete here and it could’ve been a little bit better. There are a few tweaks I can make and hopefully it will come together later in the season.
“To get the world title back would be the ultimate dream this season – that would be amazing. But it’s about working on consistency because everyone is learning lots of harder, new dives.
“The year after the Olympics is always a bit up in the air because no one knows who could come through and win the competition so it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.”
Grace Reid won her first senior individual title with a victory in the 3m springboard while Alicia Bragg, who had already won the 1m springboard and 3m synchro national titles, claimed second ahead of Rebecca Gallantree.
“The tension was building up through the rounds and there was a lot of pressure on that last round,” said Reid.
“I’ve been to a few internationals so I know how to cope and my coach definitely helped me through it but I was shaking at the end.
“This morning I was doing a couple of harder dives but we decided to change that for this final and it’s worked in my favour.
“Sometimes it doesn’t work like that in sport but it’s paid off for me.”
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