Tom Daley insists he has his work cut out if he wants to medal in the 10m platform final despite qualifying as the third best diver overall at the Diving World Series in the London Aquatics Centre.
Daley returned to the scene of his Olympic bronze medal winning performance for the first time when he lined up in the second semi-final of the morning session.
He knew a top-three finish would see him progress but the pressure had been turned up after China’s Yang Jian set the highest total in the World Series this year with 598.70 points in the first semi-final.
The 19-year-old beat the 100-point mark in three of his six dives, including a new diving world record of 118.90 on a single routine, to qualify ahead of London 2012 champion Davd Boudia in second.
But Daley held his composure, despite struggling with his second dive, to score 540.05 points from the judges and secure his safe passage, although he admitted the final would be just as hard.
“The scores here and the standard are the highest this year so it is a really tough competition,” he said.
“A medal is going to be a very tough act but as you’ve seen anything can happen.
“My twist is the one that is letting me down, I know that and it’s the dive I have to work on.”
Daley was joined in his semi-final by fellow Brit Dan Goodfellow but despite setting a personal best score of 439.00 points, the 17-year-old failed to progress in fourth.
One diver who will be in the women’s 10m platform final though will be Tonia Couch after she secured the final qualifying position.
Her score of 341.70 points saw her place third although teammate Sarah Barrow missed out after dropping her fifth dive to finish with 314.60.
“I’m gutted I’m not in the final, it’s actually the easiest dive to do but the hardest one for me to do right now,” said Barrow, who had won 10m synchro silver with Couch on Friday.
“It’s just something I’ve got to practice, the rest of my dives I’m so happy with. Silver was great on Friday and it gave us confidence going into the individual. It would have been nice if we were both in that final but Tonia is in it, so I will sit and cheer her on.”
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