China wins 2nd diving gold medal in 10m synchronised, Daley misses out
London Olympics poster boy Tom Daley missed out on his first crack at a medal today in the men's synchronised 10 metre platform, with Chinese favourites Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan winning gold.india Updated: Jul 30, 2012 23:22 IST
London Olympics poster boy Tom Daley missed out on his first crack at a medal on Monday in the men's synchronised 10 metre platform, with Chinese favourites Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan winning gold.
Cao and Zhang, aged 17 and 18 respectively, were diving at their first Olympics and had been considered the weakest link in China's bid to get a clean sweep of eight diving golds in London, but took the title with 486.78 points.
Mexico's Ivan Garcia Navarro and German Sanchez Sanchez utilised a series of high risk dives, gambling on two dives with the highest rated difficulty in the contest with a tucked inward 4-1/2 somersault and a forward 2-1/2 somersault with three twists, to win silver with 468.9 points.
American pair Nicholas McCrory and David Boudia took the bronze with 463.47 points, a day after Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston claimed the first diving medal the US has won since 2000.
Daley and partner Pete Waterfield, who won a silver in the event in Athens, had held a slender lead at the half-way point and were in with the chance of clinching Britain's first gold at the Games, but dropped the fourth dive, which ultimately cost them a medal and they finished on 454.65 points.
Daley's appearance at the Aquatic Centre had created an atmosphere similar to a rock concert with the teenager a household name in Britain after he first competed at an Olympics in Beijing aged 14 before going on to win the individual world title for the 10 metre platform in Rome at the age of 15.
But his early fame has raised questions as to his ability to juggle his celebrity status with the demands of training.
His Russian performance director caused a stir before a test event in February when he said Daley was in danger of failing to achieve his potential and becoming the sport's answer to former tennis glamour girl Anna Kournikova.