Aquatics

Daley vows to get even sharper ahead of Tokyo Olympic Games

TOM DALEY is determined to try and cut out any silly mistakes between now and this summer’s Olympic Games.

Daley claimed silver medal in the men’s individual 10m platform final at the European Championships in Budapest. It followed on from his World Series gold medal in Tokyo the previous week.

The Plymothian, who had won European synchro gold with Matty Lee on Saturday, scored 533.30 points in Hungary in Sunday’s individual event to finish behind Russian Aleksandr Bondar.

A disappointing second round dive cost Daley the gold on Sunday, although he did nearly pull off a sensation comeback after scoring a stunning 109.15 points on his fifth round effort.

“I was really happy with the first dive, but then the second one I dropped down the rankings, but I’ve learnt through my years of experience to never give up and it’s not over ‘til it’s over,” said former world champion Daley.

“I tried to keep fighting and fighting all the way, but I hadn’t quite done enough, as going into the last round I realised it was mathematically impossible to be able to win.

“But at the end of the day, to come away with a silver medal and a gold medal from these championships, I’m really happy.

“I always want to win – that’s in nature of any sportsperson, but at the same time there’s some valuable learning experiences and lessons, and lots of the technical things I’ve been trying to fix I’ve fixed. So now it’s just about sharpening up and not making silly mistakes.”

The diving has now finished at the European Championships and swimming takes centre stage from Monday.

Plymouth Leander’s Laura Stephens will be in the pool on Monday when she competes in the women’s 100m butterfly heats.

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