Tom Daley secures double gold at Diving World Cup

TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 04: Thomas Daley of Great Britain poses with his gold medal after winning the Men's 10m Platform final on day four of the FINA Diving World Cup at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 04: Thomas Daley of Great Britain poses with his gold medal after winning the Men's 10m Platform final on day four of the FINA Diving World Cup at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)

The British athlete produced a stunning final dive to win gold in the 10m platform final, three days after claiming victory in the 10m synchronised event.

Team GB’s Tom Daley, who won gold in the 10m synchronised event on Saturday, produced another breathtaking display to clinch gold in the 10m platform at the Diving World Cup.

The 26-year-old stormed into an early lead at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre with a score of 91.80 and didn’t let slip as he cemented his status as one of the favourites for gold at Tokyo 2020.

Daley hit almost perfect 10s on his final round before finishing on 541.70 to clinch gold, with Mexico's Randal Willars Valdez winning silver with a score 514.70 and Rylan Wiens of Canada taking home the bronze with 488.55.

"It feels amazing to be back in competition and to have solid performances under my belt," Daley told Tokyo 2020 minutes after being presented with the gold medal. "I was using this competition to dust off the cobwebs and get used to diving in competition again but I’m really happy with where I’m at right now."

New kid on the block

Fourteen-year-old TAMAI Rikuto, Japan’s young diving prodigy, produced a tantalising display of what is to come at Tokyo 2020 with a constant battle for the podium, however a poor entry in the fifth round ultimately put end to any medal hopes.

The teenager, set to be one of the local stars to watch at the Games, will make his Olympic debut when he returns to the Tokyo Aquatic Centre in July and finished in 8th place on 424 points.

Tamai, who secured Japan's national championship at the age of 12, blew all doubt of pre-final nerves out the water by spinning into early contention with an assured first dive of 83.2 and remained in medal contention until his mistake and score of 45.9 proved costly.

TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 04: Chen Yiwen of China competes in the Women's 3m Springboard final on day four of the FINA Diving World Cup at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 04: Chen Yiwen of China competes in the Women's 3m Springboard final on day four of the FINA Diving World Cup at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)
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Republic of China dominate the 3m springboard

Republic of China’s Chen Yiwen was pushed all the way by USA’s Sarah Bacon in the women’s 3m springboard final but produced a startling final dive of 81 to finish with gold on 383.55, with Bacon finishing 34.8 points adrift to clinch silver.

Yiwen’s teammate, the People’s Republic of China’s Chang Yani, was heavily taped after failing to dive in the semi-final the day before but recovered in time to take her place in the final and finished with bronze on 344.40.

The 19-year-old, a gold medallist in the 3m synchronised alongside teammate and individual competitor Yiwen, had to fight hard to medal with Mexico’s Aranza Vazquez Montano ready to pounce on any mistake.

Canada’s Jennifer Abel, a bronze medallist at London 2012 and one of the pre-competition favourites, agonisingly stumbled on the third dive and took a penalty for a re-start, but finished strongly on 316.05 points to claim fifth and will return to the venue in the summer.

The 29-year-old had already secured her ticket to Tokyo 2020 and walked away with silver in the women’s 3m synchro alongside Melissa Citrini Beaulieu on the opening day of the World Cup.

“For us, we’re going to be at the Olympics. We’re really excited and we will be proud,” she told Tokyo 2020.

“All the athletes here… it was a hard year. Training but not having competition, having competitions that got cancelled, it was pretty hard. Those who are the most resilient are those who are going to succeed at the end.”

More to come…

Earlier in the day Malaysia duo Jun Hoon Cheong (345.30) and Pandelela Pamg (325.00) secured their passage into the women’s 10m platform semi-final on Wednesday 5 May along with Britain’s Andrea Spendolini Sirieix (312.80) and Canada’s Caeli McKay (287.80), who looked fresh off the back from securing her spot at Tokyo 2020 with gold in the 10m synchro on Sunday.