WORLD champion diver Tom Daley struck FINA Diving World Series gold for the first time in four years on Sunday as he took the men’s 10m platform title.
Competing at the Centre Sportif du Parc olympique de Montréal, Daley had already won silver alongside Synchro partner Matty Lee, and would go on to win mixed three-metre synchro alongside Grace Reid, but it was the individual event where he hit the jackpot.
Leading throughout, Daley never faltered, a fifth round front four-and-a-half somersaults tuck (109C), which scored 99.90 points and was the second highest scoring dive of the competition, putting the result beyond doubt. Having been in good form so far in the opening two legs of the series, this was another step up for Daley, who took last year off to focus on parenthood.
Reflecting on his performance, Daley said: “I’m really, really happy to come away with a gold medal at the World Series and it’s always great to be up against the Chinese and competing with them.
“When it comes to my diving performance I feel there are a few dives in there that I could have done a lot better, so it wasn’t my best performance, but I’m really happy with the way things turned out, leading throughout the competition.
“This is my most successful World Series weekend ever, with two silvers alongside Grace and Matty and a gold. My best performance at a World Series before was either three bronzes or just one gold, so it’s nice to win a World Series again for the first time since 2015.”
Straight back in the water, Daley teamed up with training partner Grace Reid on the springboard, the final event of the Canadian leg. After a slightly shaky start the pair found their form, delivering a pair of high quality dives in the final two rounds to secure silver, one better than the bronze medals they won in Japan and China.
Next up, Daley and the rest of the British team will travel to Kazan, Russia, before the 2019 World Series finale in London from 17-19 May.