Daley finishes fifth at World Series in London

27th April 2014

Tom Daley finished fifth on his competitive return to London Aquatics Centre on the final day of the 2014 FINA/NVC Diving World Series.
 
In front of a sell-out crowd as the Aquatics Centre opened its doors to international sport for the first time since London 2012, the Olympic bronze medallist was the star attraction in the men’s 10m Platform final.
 
After qualifying in second from his semi-final with a season’s best 540.05, the Brit beat the 500 marker again in the final, scoring 525.45.
 
China’s Yang Jian was in a league of his own as the 19-year old stormed clear to win gold with 616.50 on his first World Series appearance, completing his country’s clean sweep of the gold medals in London.
 
But the race for silver was wide open throughout and were it not for one dropped dive – a back 2.5 somersaults, 2.5 twists in pike going for just 61.20 points – Daley would have been in contention for a podium finish.
 
Chen Aisen ultimately took silver on 553.25 ahead of Ukraine’s Oleksandr Bondar (549.55) with USA’s Olympic champion David Boudia also missing the medals on 532.55.
 
“The atmosphere was amazing today and it was a little frustrating with that twisting dive because it’s always been my nemesis dive and it’s something I’m working on,” said Daley.
 
“If my twister had gone well, I’d have been looking at a bronze medal there probably so it’s a little frustrating. An extra 30 points would have put me comfortably up there.
 
“The rest of my dives are better than they have been for a long time so it’s just a matter of getting my twister right now.”
 
Tonia Couch was also in finals action in London, scoring 353.70 to finish sixth in the women’s 10m Platform.
 
The 24-year old was only four points shy of the total with which she won bronze at the opening leg in Beijing this season as China’s Olympic champion Chen Ruolin won gold on 400.55.