Aquatics

Daley and Lee send out a message to their Olympic rivals with World Cup success

TOM DALEY believes there is still more to come from his 10m synchro partnership with Matty Lee – even though the pair won gold at the FINA World Cup in Japan on Saturday.

Daley and Lee sent a warning to their Olympic rivals with a dominant display at the newly-built Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

They scored an impressive 453.60 points, which was 48 points clear of Mexico’s Randal Willars Valdez and Ivan Garcia Navarro in second place.

It was also nearly 30 points more than the British duo had scored to win bronze at the 2019 World Championships.

After Saturday’s victory, Daley said: “I’m happy with today’s result. I’d say there are still few things we could improve to be closer to perfection. Also, I’m satisfied that our performance was consistent throughout prelims and final.”

Lee added: “We are already qualified for the Olympics so by coming here, we could get used to the Olympic pool and most of all, had fun.”

The pair finished top of qualifying after the preliminaries and, after taking the lead in the second round of the final, they never relinquished their position at the front.

No judge gave them anything less than an 8.5 for their third dive, a brilliant inward three-and-a-half somersaults tuck (407C) that earned them 85.44 points and solidified their dominance.

The quality continued from there, with their dive of the day coming in round five, an eye-catching 89.76 score awarded for a reverse three-and-a-half somersaults tuck (307C).

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