Waterfield bows out of Games in under par performance

Daily Echo: Pete Waterfield diving in London last night. Pete Waterfield diving in London last night.

SOUTHAMPTON diver Pete Waterfield bowed out of the Games after an under-par performance last night.

Waterfield could finish only 23rd in the the men’s 10-metre platform competition opening round.

Waterfield’s partner in the synchronised diving competition, Tom Daley, survived a major scare as he left it until his final dive to nervously progress past the first round.

The 18-year-old former world champion produced one of the worst displays of his decorated young career before narrowly sneaking through to this morning’s 18-man semi-final.

Daley was left on the cusp of a shock exit when he drew scores as low as three for a disastrous penultimate back three-and-a-half somersault – the dive that cost him and Waterfield a medal in the synchro last week.

With the 17,500 home fans inside the Aquatics Centre left stunned he held his nerve to grab 8.5s for his final reverse three-and-a-half somersaults and edge through.

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