Stunning platform recovery sees Daley take World Series silver
Diving

Stunning platform recovery sees Daley take World Series silver

11 March 2017 / 13:01
Tom Daley recovered from a disappointing start to deliver a hugely impressive performance and take Diving World Series silver in the Men’s 10m Platform in Guangzhou.

The three-time Olympian took bronze just a week ago in the same discipline in Beijing, with a repeat looking unlikely when sixth out of six competitors after the first dive of the final.

But from there Daley led a spectacular comeback, scoring a rare haul of 100 points for not one, but two dives, as all five of his remaining efforts scored more than 85.

That was enough to propel Daley, a bronze medallist at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, into second place with 531.45 points, 69.70 points behind Chen Aisen.

Yang Hao ensured China were to have two spots on the podium, less than five points behind Daley, while Russian Aleksandr Bondar took fourth.

It seemed like it may be a tough afternoon for Daley after the first dive, taking only 56.00 points from the effort to sit at the bottom of the pile.


But he was to look like a different competitor from thereon as a stunning second dive saw him score 102.60 from his Front 3 ½ Somersaults 1 Twist piked, with five of the seven judges awarding him 9.5 for the execution.

Still sat in fifth place, there was still plenty of work to do for the 22-year-old, slowly working his way through the field to sit in silver medal position with just one dive remaining.

That was a cause undoubtedly helped by another breathtaking display, backing up his earlier effort with 105.45 for his Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked, the ideal way to battle back in what was his toughest dive of the final.

And with top spot looking a virtual impossibility, Daley ensured second place was to be his in Guangzhou, taking 86.40 points from his last effort to hold off Yang, despite his own last effort of 97.20.

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Tom Daley recovered from a disappointing start to deliver a hugely impressive performance and take Diving World Series silver in the Men’s 10m Platform in Guangzhou.

The three-time Olympian took bronze just a week ago in the same discipline in Beijing, with a repeat looking unlikely when sixth out of six competitors after the first dive of the final.

But from there Daley led a spectacular comeback, scoring a rare haul of 100 points for not one, but two dives, as all five of his remaining efforts scored more than 85.

That was enough to propel Daley, a bronze medallist at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, into second place with 531.45 points, 69.70 points behind Chen Aisen.

Yang Hao ensured China were to have two spots on the podium, less than five points behind Daley, while Russian Aleksandr Bondar took fourth.

It seemed like it may be a tough afternoon for Daley after the first dive, taking only 56.00 points from the effort to sit at the bottom of the pile.

But he was to look like a different competitor from thereon as a stunning second dive saw him score 102.60 from his Front 3 ½ Somersaults 1 Twist piked, with five of the seven judges awarding him 9.5 for the execution.

Still sat in fifth place, there was still plenty of work to do for the 22-year-old, slowly working his way through the field to sit in silver medal position with just one dive remaining.

That was a cause undoubtedly helped by another breathtaking display, backing up his earlier effort with 105.45 for his Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked, the ideal way to battle back in what was his toughest dive of the final.

And with top spot looking a virtual impossibility, Daley ensured second place was to be his in Guangzhou, taking 86.40 points from his last effort to hold off Yang, despite his own last effort of 97.20.