Tom Daley wins gold as Tonia Couch claims another bronze

tomD3.jpgTOM DALEY won his first World Series gold medal of 2015 with victory in front of a home crowd in London.

There was also another World Series medal for fellow Plymothian Tonia Couch, who took her third successive individual bronze in the women’s platform final.

Olympic medallist Daley beat the Chinese pair of Jian Yang and Qiu Bo to the men’s 10m title in London by more than 35 points. Daley scored 554.05 points, with Yang second on 518.75 and Bo third with 506.60.

“It is always so much fun diving in front of a home crowd,” said Daley.

“I’m so happy to not just have won, but I’ve won by quite a margin, which is really good.

“I was still 30 points down on my personal best but I am really happy to have beaten the Chinese.”

He added: “The main aim for this year is to qualify my Olympic spot. There’s still lots of things I need to improve on. I think I’ve still got another 50, 60 points in the tank.

Couch, meanwhile, who had also won bronze medals in Kazan and Dubai, finished behind Canada’s Roseline Filion and China’s Huixia Liu. Filion scored 379.15, Liu 378.70 and Couch 357.80.

Couch’s Plymouth team-mate Sarah Barrow, making her first World Series individual final of 2015, finished fifth in 335.00.

“To win that bronze medal in front of all these amazing fans is incredible,” said Couch afterwards.

“It’s my third individual bronze medal in a row, so I can’t believe it.

“It gives you a lot of confidence. World Championships is a little bit tougher. There’s more divers in there that may not be here in the World Series.

“It just makes me feel I am as good as the rest of the world. Sometimes I don’t really believe in myself that much, whereas this year I’ve really started to believe that.”


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