DALEY POSTS NEW MARK AT TRIALS
TOM DALEY continued his hot run of form and sent out a warning to any Olympic rivals watching by posting a record-breaking score with synchro partner Peter Waterfield yesterday.
Plymouth's European 10m champion Daley together with Southampton ace Waterfield oozed class at the British Championships in Sheffield and posted a national record total of 475.77 points which was also a new high for the London-bound duo.
As expected, they defeated Ross Haslam and Daniel Goodfellow by a country mile whose 333.72 total beat third-placed James Denny and Joe Meszaros (320.52)
Great Britain and Plymouth Diving coach Andy Banks said Daley is looking to impress too in tomorrow's individual 'punch-up'.
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Banks said: "It was a very accomplished display by Tom and Pete and continues their recent good run.
"As British number ones, they will be our athletes in the synchro in London and showed what they were about yesterday.
"They go head to head in the individual and I know that Tom is keen to make up for disappointing performances in the national championships recently, when he's done great overseas.
"He's aware that Pete will also be bidding to win the national title, so it should spur the pair on and I'm expecting a close contest."
Not to be outdone by their male team-mates, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow showed no signs of ring rust with a record-breaking display ahead of today's 10m individual shoot-out at Sheffield.
The British number one pairing also scored a personal best total and new national record 327.18 points unopposed in what was a dive-off at the British Diving Championships, which is doubling as an Olympic qualifier, at Ponds Forge.
Barrow told Herald Sport that she and Couch were naturally delighted to set a new record and with the display.
She said: "We were very happy with how it went and to come away with a new PB and British record is also excellent."
European synchro champions Couch and Barrow will become rivals in what will be a much sterner test as they go head to head for one of the two individual Team GB places up for grabs for this summer's Games.
Also gunning for one of those 10m platform individual Olympic slots will be the pair's city team-mate, Brooke Graddon.
An outright win for Graddon in the individual tower competition would give GB chief Alexei Evangulov a selection head-ache, as he has promised the victor one of the two individual places.
The competition hots up with Beijing Olympian Stacie Powell, bidding to claim back-to-back Games appearances, Monique Gladding and Jenny Cowen all pursuing the same goals.
Barrow added: "Like the other girls, I'd love to leave Sheffield as British champion and will be doing my best to succeed.
"But it's going to be tough and full of top quality diving, as you would expect at an important major event like these."