Daley wants to 'scare' Olympic rivals
June 10, 2012 14:13 pm
Tom Daley will aim to sound a final warning to his Chinese rivals in his last diving competition before the Olympics at the British Gas Diving Championships.
Daley will head into the 10-metre platform Olympic qualifier as a sure-bet favourite to secure his London place after qualifying first with a massive 116.40 gap ahead of nearest rival Pete Waterfield.
"Obviously it would be great if the Chinese saw my scores and thought, 'Wow, he's doing well'," Daley said. "It's nice to try to scare people but then for me the only thing I can do is concentrate on my performance and all they can do is concentrate on theirs."
The 18-year-old highlighted another impressive display with 10s on his final two dives to fall just short of his personal best 565.05. It is a mark he will try to break on Sunday night in what will be his final competition before he goes head-to-head with the all-conquering Chinese at the Olympic Aquatics Centre this summer.
"In the final I want to sharpen up a little bit more - and get a bigger score," he said.
Daley has established himself as the closest rival to the Chinese ahead of the Games after a career-best season so far. After being crowned overall World Series champion he reclaimed the European title with his personal best in Eindhoven last month.
"I'm loving my diving at the moment," he said. "I've been working really hard in the off-season and throughout this year and making sure I'm doing lots of volume on my dives and getting lots of numbers under my belt. Now the consistency is showing.
"I'm going into each competition knowing I can perform and score a 10. It's just about doing it on the day."
With the Olympics now just 47 days away, the pressure is starting to build on the teenager who is set to be one of Great Britain's poster boys this summer.
"It's getting closer and closer. It's scary to think that it's under 50 days now," he said. "Tonight is going to be my last competition before the Olympic Games, which is scary too. But there's always pressure going into any competition for anyone. For me it's just about concentrating on my own individual performance - that's all I can control."
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