Diving duo impress in Sheffield

08 June 2012 / 20:08

Tom Daley almost certainly confirmed his Olympic diving place as he took gold alongside Pete Waterfield in the 10 metre platform synchro at the British Gas National Championships in Sheffield.

The duo proved they would be genuine medal contenders in London too after producing a British record and personal best 475.55 in a meet that doubles as the Olympic trials.

Their place will not be confirmed until Monday's team announcement, although Daley, British diving's poster boy, and veteran Waterfield, who would make his fourth Olympic team, put themselves in pole position with this showing in their last meet before the Games.

"It's perfect timing really. We are going in the right direction," Daley said. "We're really happy with the way we performed with a British record and personal best. It's scary to think that's our last ever synchro competition before we stand on the board in London.

"I think it was one of our best ever sets of required as well. We needed to do a good performance really."

Daley's performance alongside Waterfield was a far cry from the forgettable showing at February's World Cup, in the Olympic pool, that prompted concern they would be also-rans come the summer.

In the months since they have raised their game considerably, claiming silver and bronze in world-class company during the four-leg World Series, and Waterfield admitted the criticism had spurred him on.

"Of course, you want to prove everyone wrong and we wanted to prove ourselves wrong," he said.

"We did a bad performance at the World Cup. It was the first event of the year. We knew that we would improve over the year and we have done.

"We picked up a few medals through the World Series. It's nice to be this close to the Games and knowing that we have put in good performances over the year."