Aquatics

Daley ready to begin his quest for more World Championship medals

TOM DALEY will begin his quest to add more World Championship medals to his collection on Monday when he competes with Matty Lee in the men’s platform synchro competition in Gwangju, South Korea.

Daley already has five World Championships medals to his name, including two individual golds, but he has not yet claimed a men’s synchro one.

He and Dan Goodfellow, who won an Olympic bronze in 2012, just missed out two years ago in Budapest, finishing fourth.

Daley and Lee will go into Monday’s synchro event in good form.  They won gold with a British record score in final World Series leg in London.

Plymouth-born Daley will also compete in the mixed three-metre synchro competition with Grace Reid in Gwangju on Saturday, July 20, which is the same day the men’s individual platform final in scheduled for.

Daley is the current individual world champion, having produced a superb display two years ago in Hungary to score 590.95 points to edge out Olympic champion Chen Aisen in a thrilling contest. He also famously won the world title as a 15-year-old in Rome in 2009, so will be looking for a hat-trick of titles in Gwangju.

Former Plymouth diver Goodfellow got Great Britain’s first diving medal in South Korea on Saturday by winning silver in the three-metre synchro silver Jack Laugher.

Another ex-Plymouth diver, Robyn Birch, just missed out on a medal in the mixed platform synchro with Noah Williams. They finished fourth.

Meanwhile, a host of aspiring young divers competed at the Life Centre in the recent Swim England National Skills competition.

Plymouth Diving’s William Heath and Evan Walker both claimed silver medals at the event.

Heath came second in the boys’ E competition. He was less than two points off winning gold.

Walker was also just as close to winning the boys’ D1 event at the Life Centre.

Oscar Westbury (boys’ E), Alexander Snell (C2) and Ella-Poppy Cornish (C2) all narrowly just missed out on medals by finishing in fourth places.

There were also top eight finishes for Eva Lang (D1), Madeleine Elliott (C1), Dylan Philpott (Boys’ E) and Alexander Whittaker (D1).

Also competing for Plymouth were Lily Walker, Amelie Moor, Sophie Millmore, Erin Healey, Harlie Stringer, Mathilde Tassart, Freddy Parnell and Ben Hall.

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