TOM DALEY and his new diving partner Matty Lee returned to the podium at the penultimate leg of the FINA Diving World Series in Kazan on Friday.
Their pair won bronze in the men’s 10m synchro competition behind China’s Hao Yang and Junjie Lian and Russia’s Alexkandr Bondar and Viktor Mimibaev.
After winning their first international medals as a duo two weeks ago in Canada, Daley and Lee picked up where they left off in the Russian city of Kazan.
A solid opening three rounds saw the new pairing sitting in third position, and despite a slight slip in the fourth round they produced a solid final two efforts to secure the final podium spot.
A fifth round reverse three-and-a-half somersault tuck (307C) saw the British pair land 81.60 points, one of the best dives of the competition, to secure bronze medals with a total of 395.82 points.
Daley said: “We’ve got some sharpening up to do but we’ve got a week before we get to compete in front of a home crowd in London. First though we’ve got the individual event and the mixed synchro here in Russia, so hopefully we’ve got some more good performances to come.”
Lee added: “The placing was good and we’re happy with a bronze medal, however, we both could have dived a lot better. A few of the dives in there were good, but there were a few that weren’t so great.
“The Russian’s are some of our main rivals and they managed to get us this time, but it’s their home pool and we’re back in our home pool in London next week so we’ll be bringing our A game.”
Daley’s individual and mixed three-metre synchro competitions in Kazan will take place on Sunday.