Daley & Gallantree claim gold in Kazan

Daley & Gallantree claim gold in Kazan

29 July 2015 / 18:54

Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree admitted they were struggling to comprehend it all after they combined to win gold in the inaugural mixed team event at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Following on from Jack Laugher and Chris Mears’ bronze in the 3m Synchro 24 hours earlier, the Brits scored 434.65 for their six dives to take top spot ahead of Ukrainian pair Oleksandr Gorshkovozov and Iuliia Prokopchuk (426.45) and Chinese duo Xie Siyi and Chen Ruolin (425.40).

Great Britain had previously never won more than a single medal at a World Championships but Daley and Gallantree blew that out of the water.

And there was plenty more to celebrate as, having won 10m Platform gold in 2009, Daley is now the first British diver to win multiple World Championship medals while Gallantree is the first British female diver in history to reach the World Championship podium.

“We really don't know what happened there," Daley told British Swimming. "We went in to the competition as a bit of a warm-up for our individual events.

"But to come away with a result like that is amazing. I had my highest score ever on the armstand, Becky did one of her best front dives in competition she's ever done.

"I was a little bit nervous doing the dive from 3m because I'm not used to springboard diving. I actually thought I was going to hit my head on the board but I got nines for that dive.

"I've never had 10s before for my armstand and then that happened which is a positive and then the back went down pretty nicely as well."

Gallantree added: "I can't quite believe it. It's a little bit surreal at the moment.

"To be honest, I'm gutted I didn't do a front like that in the synchro but obviously there's lots of positives to take out of it and I'm really looking forward to my individual now."

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