Tom Daley delights Plymouth Life Centre crowd with British 10m crown
TOM DALEY proved a class apart as the city star comfortably retained his national 10m platform title at the Life Centre.
Even struggling with a chest infection and without any real preparation for the British Gas Diving Championships, Daley finished the final more than 125 points clear of his nearest rival at his home pool.
Olympic medallist Daley's ambitions to start 2013 with a victory had never really been in doubt as he won the preliminary round by a margin of 150 points with a score of 502.50.
Daley was swiftly into his stride in the final, closing with a total of 501.00, with Leeds' excellent young diver James Denny (374.90) in both final and qualifying having to settle for second place.
Daniel Goodfellow, of Cambridge, rumoured to be the next synchro partner for Daley, took bronze with 340.25 points.
Southampton's Pete Waterfield, Daley's synchro buddy at last summer's London Olympics, was withdrawn from the British championships by his coach.
Yesterday was all about Daley, though and he was never going to let down his fans.
Daley said: "I've always said I'd compete no matter, particularly as the championships were being held in Plymouth.
"The fans were very supportive as they always are and I really appreciate that.
"I've had a throat and chest infection, which means I haven't trained properly but to win a gold medal and score over 500 points twice, was very pleasing."
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