Waterfield bows out of Games in under par performance

Pete Waterfield diving in London last night.

Pete Waterfield diving in London last night.

First published in Sport

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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