Daley secures place in 10m final

27th July 2013

Tom Daley finished in seventh place in the Men’s 10m Platform to proceed to the final on the last day of the diving competition at the FINA World Championships.

Daley took to the 10m board for his first dive and executed with precision to give himself a better start that in the prelims.

The Olympic medallist continued in this form and went into the fourth round ranked in second place, but after dropping his Front 4 ½ Somersaults tucked he fell down the leader board to 10th.

Daley left it until his last dive to bring out his best and scored a total of 94.05 to finish in seventh place with a total score of 406.40.

“I’m through to the final, that’s the main thing but it’s been a bit of a rough morning to be honest,” Daley said.

“I woke up with sore triceps and when you wake up on competition day with that it’s the worst thing that could happen because there’s so much force which goes through them.

“I’ve had to work with the medical team who have been so good, after each round of the prelims they’ve been nursing me back together.

“It’s going to be a tough one and everyone’s diving so well. With this tricep injury and the preparation I’ve had after being injured all year, it’s just one of those competitions where I have to go into it and give it my best shot knowing it’s kind of a miracle to even compete.

“Of course I’d love to go and get one but in reality with the preparation I’ve had, it’s going to be very tough. I’m going to give it my best shot.”

Hannah Starling impressed in the final of the Women's 3m Springboard with her best ever finish at a World Championships.

Starling performed a list of consistent dives and continued to perform with maturity and ease. 

The City of Leeds diver, coached by Ed Jongejans, dived in first place and in her typical style smiled throughout the rounds.

Starling's best dive came in round two with the Front 3 1/2 Somersaults piked when she scored 68.20 points.

Echoing her coaches' result at the 1992 Olympics, Starling finished in seventh place overall with a total score of 326.20.

“I’m really really happy with that performance,” Starling said. “I went in knowing I had absolutely nothing to lose. Qualifying in twelfth is the best place to qualify because you get another chance to see if you can improve and if you can’t then it’s not a problem. I’m really happy I finished seventh because it is a big achievement for me.

“The first dive I was nervous but I love diving so much and I always wanted to be a diver so I just want to enjoy it. This is my dream and I want to enjoy it. Also the more relaxed you are the better you dive.”