Divers Daley and Dixon claim medals at top international events

PLYMOUTH diving stars Tom Daley and Matthew Dixon both claimed major international medals on Sunday.

Daley won an individual bronze in the 10m platform event at the FINA/NVC World Series in Windsor, Canada.

The 22-year-old finished behind Chinese rivals Aisen Chen, who scored 569.10 points to take the win, and Hao Yang, who took silver with 564.50.

Daley was down on his best, scoring 493.80 points. He had collected 539.85 to win his semi-final, but in the final he could not quite nail his famous twister dive and he also dropped his penultimate four-and-a-half somersault tuck.

However, he did score a massive 106.20 points for his final round effort, which included four 10s.

He also collected a 10 on his opening 307C dive, which scored him an impressive 96.90 points.

Daley came agonisingly close to picking up two medals on the same evening.

After his individual competition, he competed in the mixed three-metre synchronised event with Grace Reid and they took fourth place. They missed out on bronze by just 0.03 points.

China’s Han Wang and Zheng Li won with 335.10 points. Canadian home favourites Jennifer Abel and Francois Imbeau-Dulac took silver with 311.55 and Maddison Keeney and Kevin Chavez claimed third, scoring 308.82. Daley and Grace finished on 308.79.

Meanwhile, Dixon, who celebrated his 17th birthday during the week, won gold in the boys’ A platform final at the Dresden International Meet in Germany.

The competition attracts many of the best young divers in the world, but no-one came close to European junior champion Dixon.

He finished 50 points ahead of his nearest rival, who was Spain’s Carlos Camacho. Canada’s Alexandre Corriveau was third, with Dixon’s GB synchro team-mate Noah Williams fourth.

Fellow Plymouth diver Alfie Brown finished sixth in the boys’ B platform event.

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