Aquatics

Daley wins mixed synchro gold with Reid at World Series in London

TOM DALEY and Grace Reid produced a sensational final dive of the FINA/CNSG Diving World Series in London on Sunday evening to strike mixed three-metre synchro gold in front of an adoring British crowd.

With Daley having clinched the overall World Series crown earlier in the night courtesy of bronze in the 10m individual and Reid having set a British record in the women’s three-metre springboard, hearing the British national anthem ring around the London Aquatics Centre was a fitting end to a great weekend of diving.

Despite both being tired from their individual events in the final event of the series, the British duo got off to a flying start with two strong required dives and an impressive Inward two-and-a-half somersault pike (405B) to lead the competition after three of the five rounds.

After silver in Montreal and three bronze medals in the 2019 World Series so far, the pair were hoping to end the series with gold in their home pool and heading into the final round they were just one point behind the Chinese pairing of Chen and Tai.

Producing one of their best dives of the year, Daley and Reid delivered a stunning front three-and-a-half somersault pike (107B), good enough for 77.19 points, to strike gold with a grand total of 322.89.

Afterwards a delighted Daley said: “We’ve never ever won a gold in the mixed synchro – I’m lost for words and I’m not usually lost for words!”

Earlier in the evening from the 10m platform, Daley contested the individual final.

At the halfway point, Daley had work to do as he was down in sixth position, but the world champion, who had impressed in the semi-final, started to claw his way back up the leader board with an 89.25 score.

Daley was still out of the medals with one round to go, but channelling all his experience, he fought back, with an impressive back three-and-a-half somersault (207B) to secure 95.40 points and snatch bronze.

Of his performance Daley said: “I’m really happy with being the overall World Series champion – I’m always happy with a medal. I wish it was a different colour but I missed my third round dive and I can’t expect to miss a dive that badly and still win.

“I knew I was still in the hunt for a medal even though I was in last place after that round. I knew that if I stayed in my own zone I would be able to come back.”

Daley had also secured a gold medal on Friday in the men’s 10m synchro final with Matty Lee.

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