Tom Daley and Matty Lee return to action with victory at Diving World Cup

TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 01: Thomas Daley and Matthew Lee of Great Britain compete in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform final on day one of the FINA Diving World Cup at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 01: Thomas Daley and Matthew Lee of Great Britain compete in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform final on day one of the FINA Diving World Cup at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)

The British pair comfortably finished ahead of Mexico and Canada in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 test event.

Strong message from Daley and Lee

In the first major international diving event for over a year, British pair Tom Daley and Matty Lee claimed victory in the men's 10m synchronised at the 2021 Diving World Cup in Tokyo.

The 2019 World Championships bronze medallists had already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, but wanted to send a strong message out to their rivals, and experience competing in what will be an Olympic venue later this year. They achieved just that, executing 12 dives with no major mistakes to seal top spot with a score of 453.60.

Mexican duo Ivan Garcia and Randal Willars (405.69) finished second, while Canadians Vincent Riendeau and Nathan Zsombor-Murray (393.81) took third. Those two teams also booked their places at the Olympics, alongside Ukraine in fourth and Korea in fifth.

Diving giants China, who have already secured the maximum 12 slots for the Olympics later this year, opted to send only one pair to the in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics test event, in the women’s 3m springboard individual and synchro events.

I think you don't take it for granted anymore,” Daley told reporters afterwards of competing internationally. “And with all of this training that we've been able to do during the lockdown, it's really helped us prepare extremely well for the competition, because there's no such thing as luck. It's just good preparation.”

Going to Budapest with confidence

Lee echoed his partner's sentiments: “We thought we were going to be a lot more nervous coming into this competition because we haven't had an actual competition in over a year. However, we both felt like we weren't that nervous at all and it actually felt really nice to finally get an opportunity to compete for your country and against the world.”

The Brits will head straight to the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where they will hope to continue their good run of form ahead of the Olympics.

Yiwen and Yani win women's 3m springboard

Elsewhere, China's only two representatives at the event Chen Yiwen and Chang Yani won the women's 3m springboard synchro.

The highly-rated youngsters scored 317.16, ahead of Canadian pair Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini Beaulieu (289.98) and Italians Elena Bertocchi and Chiara Pellacani (283.77) in second and third respectively.

They will all meet again at the Olympics, alongside Germany, USA, Great Britain, Mexico and hosts Japan. The only shock came with Russia finishing seventh, and therefore not qualifying for Tokyo 2020.