DA­LEY’S A WORLD BEATER

DIV­ING

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 -

TOM DA­LEY made a tri­umphant re­turn to ac­tion by win­ning the three-me­tre spring­board syn­chro along­side Jack Laugher at the World Ju­nior Div­ing Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide, Aus­tralia.

In his first ap­pear­ance since win­ning an emo­tional bronze medal at the Lon­don Olympics, Da­ley se­cured his first ju­nior world ti­tle and con­tin­ued a stel­lar year that has also seen him crowned Euro­pean and World Se­ries plat­form cham­pion. Vic­tory was Laugher’s sec­ond ti­tle in as many days af­ter he won the in­di­vid­ual 3m spring­board on the open­ing day of com­pe­ti­tion on Mon­day.

Da­ley and Laugher bl­itzed their ri­vals with a score of 338.85. Rus­sian duo Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Pop­kov were their clos­est chal­lengers, 30.83 be­hind.

Da­ley’s rare ap­pear­ance on the spring­board marked a pos­si­ble fu­ture di­rec­tion for the Ply­mouth diver af­ter he and Laugher only be­gan train­ing to­gether for the syn­chro af­ter the Olympics.

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