Southampton's Waterfield beats Daley to national title

First published in Sport

The final day of competition of the British Gas National Cup 2010 saw Olympic silver medallist Pete Waterfield beat World Champion Tom Daley to the gold medal in the men’s 10m Individual.

Southampton Diving’s Waterfield started the competition with his Front 3 ½ Somersaults piked and he left the water to scores of nines and tens to give himself the perfect start.

Daley performed his new dive the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists piked in the first round and improved the entry from this morning to score well.

Waterfield, who lives in Millbrook, showed his experience by finishing his dives well in every round. His penultimate dive, the Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults tucked, scored him four tens as he extended his lead over the World Champion.

Daley missed his entry on his Armstand Back triple Somersaults tucked to let Waterfield move further ahead of him.

The final round saw Waterfield perform the Back 2 ½ Somersaults 2 ½ Twists and he scored a total of 82.80 to take a total of 523.65. Daley’s final dive was the Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults and although his entry was excellent it wasn’t enough to take victory from Waterfield.

“I just came here to do as well as I could,” Waterfield said. “It is my first big competition back after the Olympics and my surgery and so I just wanted to get a good performance under my belt."

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