Williams claims Diving World Series gold as Daley and Reid take silver

Williams claims Diving World Series gold as Daley and Reid take silver

02 March 2020 / 10:22
Noah Williams claimed his first-ever Diving World Series medal after topping the podium in the men’s 10m platform in Montreal as teammate Tom Daley finished fifth.

Williams and Daley both qualified for the medal showdown in first place in their respective semi-finals on the final day of action at the Centre Sportif au Parc Olympique.

But it was 19-year-old Williams who rose to the occasion in the final, starting strongly with a jump of 88.20 points before taking to the front after his third effort of 86.40 points.

And the Londoner, who has won European and Commonwealth 10m synchro platform silver medals with Matthew Dixon, remained consistent to take the top prize with a total of 493.35 points.

His nearest rival was Russian Viktor Minibaev, who finished 20.70 points behind with a total of 472.65, while compatriot Aleksandr Bondar completed the podium (468.10).

Hometown favourite Vincent Riendeau just missed out on the medals as Daley had to settle for fifth with a total score of 429.45, having led briefly after his excellent second jump.

There was better news for Daley in the mixed 3m synchronised, though, where he teamed up with Grace Reid to take the silver medal as they narrowly missed out on the top step.

The pairing, who won gold in the event at the London leg last year, were joint-first with eventual winners Francois Imbeau-Dulac and Jennifer Abel of Canada after the first jump.

But with the home crowd cheering them on, Imbeau-Dulac and Abel edged ahead after the second round of jumps and never looked back as they triumphed with 314.52 points.

Daley and Reid were consistent throughout and only missed out on the gold by 4.95 points, matching the silver medal they won in 2019 with a total of 309.57 points.

Their medal, along with Williams’ success, meant British Swimming finished the Montreal leg of the Diving World Series event with a total of four medals.

Jack Laugher had already claimed silver medals in the solo 3m springboard and 3m synchro – partnering with Dan Goodfellow for the latter.