Diving for gold medal

China's Liang Huo completes in the mens 10m semi final during FINA/midea Diving World Series at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire
China's Liang Huo completes in the mens 10m semi final during FINA/midea Diving World Series at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire
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Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield both agreed their best chance of an Olympic medal is in the 10metres synchro following their breakthrough success at the FINA World Series event in Sheffield.

The duo defied their own expectations to claim gold in the team event in just their second international meeting together in front of a sell-out crowd at Ponds Forge.

Great Britain's Tom Daley completes in the mens 10m semi final during day two of the Fina Diving World Series at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. . Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Great Britain's Tom Daley completes in the mens 10m semi final during day two of the Fina Diving World Series at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. . Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Their victory was all the more laudable as they beat the all-conquering Chinese duo Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquang, who had won gold in each of their previous four World Series events.

After the high of their victory late on Friday night, Daley and Waterfield failed to make the podium in the individual platform on Saturday as Chinese duo Qui Bo and Huo Liang coasted to another one-two finish.

It underlined how difficult it is to win an individual medal with world champion Daley, who finished fourth, then claiming the Olympic gold was for “the Chinese to lose” some 15 months out from the Games. As a result Daley, 17 next month, is ready to share his Olympic focus with Waterfield as their fledgling partnership shows signs of promise.

“I definitely think the synchro is our best chance in London,” Daley said. “It normally takes years to get the right timing on the board and we’re lucky to naturally have that timing straight away. We just need to now work harder and harder because we have lots more to get out of the list. It is so important we train hard in synchro and treat it as the most important medal chance, because it probably will be.”