Dazzling Daley

TOM DALEY won gold at the World Championships in Budapest in the individual 10m platform.

The British superstar won his first individual Worlds gold since 2009 after scoring 590.95 in a spectacular performance.

TOM DALEY IS 10M WORLD CHAMPION
Tom Daley won gold at the World Championship in Budapest.
Tom Daley leaped up in excitement when he had topped the leader board.
He ran with excitement to celebrate with his team.

Having led from the start, Daley kept his nerve in the final round, producing a brilliant dive, a back three-and-a-half somersault pike, under pressure to secure the gold.

Daley leaped up into the air in excitement and sprinted towards his coach Jane Figueiredo as soon as he saw he had won.

Daley’s success comes after he only managed to reach the semi-finals of the same event at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The 23-year-old Plymouth diver was inconsolable after missing out on qualification from the Olympic semi-final in Rio last August, having been peerless in the earlier qualification heat.

With husband Dustin Lance Black, the Hollywood screenwriter, alongside his mum Debbie in the Duna Arena, Daley this time delivered when the pressure was on to add to the world title he first won in 2009, aged 15.

However, it may be bitter sweet, too, as China’s Chen Aisen, who won Olympic gold in Rio, finished second with 585.25 points.

Chen won Olympic gold with 585.30, while bronze went to China’s Yang Jian with 565.15, while Briton Matty Lee was 12th.

Daley’s medal took Great Britain’s tally from the diving pool to three.

Earlier on Saturday, Daley and Grace Reid earlier claimed silver in the mixed synchronised 3m springboard.

Daley immediately returned to training for his individual final, where he climbed to the top of the podium once more.

 

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