Waterfield tips Daley for Olympic gold

24 May 2012 / 07:42

Tom Daley's 10 metre platform synchro partner Pete Waterfield has backed the teenager to win gold at this summer's London Olympics.

Daley has sprung into medal contention in the past three months after a timely return to his best.

The 18-year-old former world champion has finished no lower than second in his past five major international meets, culminating in him reclaiming the European platform title in Eindhoven on Sunday.

Daley managed that with a personal-best 565.05 - a total that would have won him gold in Beijing four years ago.

"What a great performance from Tom at the European Championships - he's on his best form and in some ways I'm sorry I wasn't there to see it (and give him a bit of extra competition)," said Waterfield, who missed the meet with a neck injury.

"I'm definitely tipping him for a medal and if he carries on like this it will be gold."

Waterfield, an Olympic silver medallist in 2004, believes his partnership with Daley can spur both on to greater heights at the Olympics.

The pair will join forces in the platform synchro - where they are expected to challenge for the medals - before going head-to-head in the individual.

"People sometimes ask if it's strange to be on a team with Tom for the synchro but then competing against him in the individual. To be honest I don't see it as a conflict," said Waterfield, who beat Daley at last year's British National Championships.

"I want him to dive well when he's with me - we both benefit if either one of us ups their performances. Both of us are going to push each other towards that top spot."