Peter Waterfield proved Great Britain need not rely on Tom Daley for an Olympic medal on the 10metre platform after winning bronze at the FINA World Cup.
In a week when Daley's Olympic hopes have been questioned, his veteran team-mate proved he could be the man to steal the limelight this summer.
The 30-year-old defied a limited preparation due to injury just to reach the final, before stunning a vociferous sell-out Olympic Aquatics Centre crowd by snatching a podium place.
Waterfield had been seventh heading into his final back two-and-a-half somersault two-and-a-half twists, but after attracting scores of nine leapt up the leaderboard with a score of 510.35.
"There's life in the old dog yet," said Waterfield, who this week returned from two months out with back and side injuries.
"It's amazing. Like I said at the end of the week my preparation hasn't been great and I've had to dig really deep.
"Tonight the crowd really helped me on my way. Without them I could not have done this."
Asked if he thought people might start talking about him rather than Daley, he added: "Maybe yeah. It's nice to get on the rostrum. It's always nice to have people talk about you."
Waterfield's success also proved China are not an infallible force in world diving.
Under the pressure of the home crowd, and Waterfield's late surge, Lin Yue completely fluffed his final dive to allow the Briton to sneak home.
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