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October 16, 2012 14:53 pm

British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov believes Tom Daley can make the leap from platform to springboard star following his success at last week's World Junior Diving Championships.

Daley has forged his reputation on the 10-metre platform, where he was crowned world champion at the age of 15 before winning an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012.

But in a rare appearance on the three-metre board last week, Daley won gold alongside Jack Laugher to claim his first-ever junior world title in the synchro.

"Tom will remain a platform diver first and foremost of course, but there can be a combination. It comes back to his genius as a diver that he can do this," said Evangulov, who described their gold medal success as "amazing".

"A couple of years ago I told Tom that he could be on the springboard and he didn't believe me. He was laughing at me. Some great divers have done it before."

Daley's partnership with Laugher has the makings of a potential world-class act.

Laugher, 17, is a rising star having already established himself inside the world's top-10 springboarders.

Hannah Starling and Alicia Blagg also became the first British girls to win a junior medal as Britain finished second to China on the medal table.

"We are going in the right direction. I was really proud of this result," added Evangulov.

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