TOM DALEY and Dan Goodfellow could not have come closer to winning gold in the men’s synchro platform final at the European Championships in London.
The Great Britain pair led throughout the first five rounds of the competition but missed out on the title by less than a point in a high quality competition at the Aquatics Centre.
Daley and his Plymouth Diving partner Goodfellow finished with a score of 444.30 points, but the experienced German pair of Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding grabbed gold with their final dive, finishing with a total of 445.26.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Gorshkovozov and Maksym Dolgov were third with 429.75 points.
Daley said afterwards: “It’s not the result we wanted, but I can’t say it’s necessarily a bad thing. There’s a lot of positives to take from it.
“We were only two points off our personal best. I said to Dan ‘don’t worry, let the Germans have this one and we’ll be coming to get them at the Olympics’. It was less than a point in the end. Half a point from any judge throughout the whole competition could’ve changed it.
Goodfellow added: “I am a bit gutted. We wanted that gold medal, especially in front of a home crowd.
“It just gives you that fuel to do better in the Olympics.”
It was Daley’s second medal of the championships, having won gold in the three-metre mixed event with Grace Reid the day before. He will dive in the individual event on Sunday.