Daley at the double in Diving World Series
12 May 2019 / 17:40
Tom Daley took his FINA Diving World Series medal tally to eight with double bronze on the final night of competition in Kazan, Russia.
Third-place performances in both the men’s 10m platform and mixed 3m synchro, adding to opening-day bronze with Matty Lee, makes this the Olympian’s most successful-ever World Series campaign.
And with a leg of the series still to come in London next weekend, as well as the World Championships looming in two months’ time, Daley has every reason to be delighted with his form.
Synchro success off the low board came alongside Scottish star Grace Reid, with whom the Plymouth plunger has won European gold and global silver in the past.
A reverse pike, scoring 51 points, catapulted the pair into the silver medal position after their second effort but they lost ground to Chinese and Australian rivals.
Despite ending with a forward 3.5 somersaults pike, they settled for bronze with an overall score of 304.14, well ahead of Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Francois Imbeau-Delac in fourth.
Seven metres higher in individual competition, Daley qualified with the third-highest score from his semi-final, totting up a total of 495.45 to leave him confident of a podium place.
A three-and-a-half reverse somersault with tuck scored 81.60 and saw him race to joint second, pulling off his signature ‘firecracker’ and a 626B to end on an overall score of 520.40.
In her own 3m springboard competition, Reid missed out on a medal by ten points with 290.05.
Alongside Jack Laugher’s gold on Saturday night, Britain took four medals home from Russia, taking their overall World Series tally to 15.