Daley and Reid dive to World Series silver
Diving

Daley and Reid dive to World Series silver

10 March 2018 / 13:14

Tom Daley continued his good start to the season with a second medal from two events at the World Series – this time with Grace Reid in the mixed 3m springboard synchro.

The pair won silver in Beijing as they put in their best scoring dive of the day to move from fourth to second in the final round.

Finishing on a total of 308.67, the pair were shy of the 331.50 achieved by China’s Li Zheng and Wang Han, but crucially six points ahead of third placed Jennifer Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac.

Scoring just 49.20 on each of their first two dives, the pair were in joint third after the second round.

They moved clear in third after the next round, where they scored 70.20, but dropped to fourth after their penultimate dive after scoring just 66.60.

But a mark of 73.47 on their final dive, more than two points ahead of the Canadians and, crucially, almost 20 ahead of Italy’s Maicol Verzotto and Elena Bertocchi, who dropped from second to fourth.

The medal matched Daley and Reid’s achievement at last year’s World Championships – with the medallists in Beijing the same as that day in Budapest last July.

A silver for Reid rescued her day having earlier failed to qualify for the final of the women’s 3m springboard competition.

The Edinburgh-based diver was joint second in her semi-final after the first round, and third after the second – enough to see her into the final.

But scores of 63.00, 46.50 and 58.50 in her next three efforts saw her drop down the standings and into fifth, with just the top three progressing.

And it was a similar story for Dan Goodfellow – who won 10m synchro bronze alongside Daley on Friday – as the Brit was third after his first effort.

He dropped down to last after his second effort, but was up to fourth after the next three – a dive of 85.50 giving him a fighting chance of qualifying.

But 45.00 with his final dive saw him back down to fifth with a total of 411.60.

Sunday’s final day sees the first round of the 2018 World Series conclude with Matty Lee and Lois Toulson in the mixed 10m synchro final, Lee and Daley in the 10m platform semi-finals and Toulson in the women’s 10m equivalent.

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